July 23, 2016

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Cloverleaf school levies set for August ballot

WESTFIELD TWP. — The state commission overseeing Cloverleaf Schools’ finances signed off Thursday on three levy resolutions for the Aug. 6 special election ballot.

Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said the board is in the difficult position of having to pass several levy resolutions because the filing deadline for the August special election ballot is before the May 7 election.

Options include:

• The 7.9-mill tax that’s on the May primary ballot could be combined with a renewal of a five-year levy that is scheduled to expire this year.

• The 7.9-mill levy and the renewal levy could go on the ballot as separate issues. If voters approve the May levy, only the renewal will go on the August ballot, Kubilus said.

If approved, the 7.9-mill levy would bring in $3.7 million a year for 10 years and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $248 a year. The renewal would bring in $2.8 million for 10 years.

The board has yet to decide whether the renewal and 7.9-mill levy will be combined on the August ballot should the May levy fail, Kubilus said.

Should the May levy pass, high school busing will be restored, school buildings will be reopened in the evenings, and there will not be a transition to an all-day, every-other-day kindergarten model.

Also, if the levy is approved, funds will be set aside for armed deputies at each school building.

Kubilus said at Thursday’s meeting that the board has reviewed a rough draft of a performance audit from the state auditor’s office.

He said that although he could not yet share the details, he said the document will validate the board’s work in making cuts over the past five years.

“I look forward to the document becoming public,” he said.

Paul Marshall, chairman of the state commission, said that even though he hadn’t seen the audit yet, he didn’t expect it to contain many new cuts.

“I think the easy cuts and many of the hard cuts have been made,” he said.

The district has been in fiscal emergency since January 2012, and its finances are overseen by the five-member state commission.

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