August 1, 2014

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Cloverleaf Schools OKs 6.9-mill levy for Nov. ballot

WESTFIELD TWP. — The state commission tasked with overseeing Cloverleaf Schools’ finances, on Thursday approved placing a 6.9-mill levy on the November ballot.

The emergency levy will bring in about $3.3 million each year for 10 years.

The school board approved the levy Monday, and a second formal resolution also must be approved by the board and the commission in July. The deadline to submit the ballot language to the Medina County Board of Elections is Aug. 8, 90 days before the November election.

Paul Marshall, chairman of the state Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, said if the levy fails in November, the district likely will have to look at cutting more staff.

In light of a failure, the district already plans to cut high school busing, close buildings before 4 p.m., and convert to an every-other-day kindergarten model.

Marshall said Cloverleaf already has made more than $5 million in cuts.

“That’s a substantial amount of money,” he said. “You can only cut so much and still maintain an adequate educational facility.”

The state auditor’s office placed Cloverleaf in fiscal emergency in January because it could not cover its deficit with existing funds. Fiscal emergency allows the district to borrow money from a state fiscal solvency fund.

The district’s projected deficit is $1.2 million for fiscal year 2013, which takes into account savings from its recovery plan.

Also Thursday, the school board met and chose Michelle McNeely to handle treasurer duties for up to 60 days. McNeely is treasurer for the Medina County Educational Service Center.

Cloverleaf Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said the designation was for legal purposes while the district continues to search for a treasurer to replace Mary Workman, who is taking a job as treasurer for the Wayne County Schools Career Center in Smithville.

Workman is leaving Cloverleaf on July 6.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.