July 24, 2016

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Levy boosters enticing voter registration with haircuts

SPENCER — A Black River Schools levy committee is hosting a voting registration drive this weekend — and it could end with some school officials getting drastic haircuts.

The Friends of Black River Schools levy committee is hosting a “Cut for No Cuts” drive 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tangles and Tans Salon, 103 N. Main St.
During the event, the salon will offer half-price haircuts to anyone who registers to vote or who brings someone to register.

The deadline for voter registration is April 7.

“It’s sort of a last-ditch effort,” committee co-chairwoman Melissa Sas said. “We’re just trying to get people registered.”

Sas said if the committee manages to get 25 people registered, Black River transportation director Nina Gobora and high school Spanish teacher Victoria Pintos volunteered to get “drastic, life-changing haircuts.”

Sas said the committee also plans three other events to promote the 8.7-mill, five-year levy on the May 7 primary ballot:

• April 13 — Main Street Market Kick-Off Rally, 101 S. Main St., 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rally will feature free pizza, A Black River Marching Band performance and the Black River Middle School girls’ basketball team.

Main Street Market is owned by Kayla Crislip, who is the eighth-grade girls’ basketball coach, and Terry Crislip, who is a 30-year veteran paraprofessional at Black River.

The rally will include the adjacent Spencer Tire lot. Owner Jim Braddock is a longtime community member and supporter of the Friends of Black River.

• April 20 — Pirate Pride Ride, Black River High School, 233 County Road 40, Sullivan Township. Starting at 3 p.m., decorated vehicles and tractors will caravan the Black River school district, which encompasses Spencer and Spencer Township and the townships of Huntington, Homer and Sullivan, in support of passing the levy.

The caravan will end with a pizza and beverage fundraiser. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated vehicle, best decorated tractor and “person with the most spirit.”

• May 5 — WE ARE BR Tailgate party, Black River High School. Festivities are 3 to 5 p.m. The Black River Marching Band will perform, and games and activities will line the football stadium for youngsters.

Grills will be fired up for free hot dogs, pizza and snacks, and Neff Brothers RV will supply motor homes to provide a “true tailgate” feeling for the event.

Black River has failed five times since 2010 to pass a levy and was placed on fiscal caution by the state in February 2011.

A 5.8-mill emergency levy for operating costs and a 1.8-mill levy for permanent improvements failed by wide margins on Nov. 6.

The 8.7-mill levy on the May ballot would cost residents of the school district — which covers parts of Medina, Lorain and Ashland counties — about $274 annually for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Black River Superintendent Janice Wyckoff said in November that the district could face staff reductions, higher-priced pay-to-play athletic programs and reduced busing if a levy isn’t passed soon.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.