Stark 100 board approves fee increases/cost saving measures
- Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:20
- Written by Doug Hampton
At the March Stark County School Board meeting, the board voted to approve some cost cutting measures and increases in various fees for the upcoming school year. The district will bid out their property/casualty and workers compensation insurance, reduce principals’ budgets by 5% and skip the next textbook rotation scheduled.
Increases will include: student athletic fees will go from $25 to $40 per sport, capped at $80 per student (currently $50) and $160 per family (currently $100); adult athletic ticket prices from $3 to $4, an adult pass from $30 to $40 and a family pass from $60 to $80; and drivers education fees from $35 to $50. Board president Brian Rewerts said that these fees are still in line with other area schools.
Bradford approves 2015-2016 calendar
- Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:25
- Written by Doug Hampton
During their March meeting, the Bradford School board spent a long period of time discussing the 2015-2016 school year calendar. The board started with a proposed calendar that was prepared by the teacher’s calendar committee and some suggestions from board member Wendell Stahl. After discussing the pros and cons of various scenarios, a calendar was approved. The last day of student attendance before Christmas break is scheduled to be December 21, 2015 with students returning on January 5, 2016. A teachers institute will be held on January 4. Students will attend until March 24, 2016 then be on spring break, returning on March 31, 2016. The last day for student attendance is estimated to be May 23 dependent on snow days used. Board member John Murphy voted against the motion.
Superintendent Ellin Lotspiech noted that more than 70 students have registered for the 21st Century after-school program. She also noted that a summer program will be available. Lotspiech has submitted a grant request to Monsanto and is asking area farmers to go online and support the district’s application.
GOP biggies converge on Stark for luncheon
- Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:12
- Written by Jim Nowlan
Once again, Stark County GOP chair Mike Bigger attracted the state’s top party leaders to Stark County for the annual Lincoln Day luncheon, which was held Saturday at the News Room Bistro in Toulon before a full house.
Illinois Republican Chair Tim Schneider of the Chicago suburbs gave an impromptu speech for the purposes of lauding Mike Bigger for his leadership as a key member of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee.
Brown wins appeal against LaFayette nuisance ordinance
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 18:28
- Written by John A. Ballentine
A February 25 decision from the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District in Ottawa reversed a 2013 Stark County Court judgment that had prohibited Galva farmer Jerod Brown and wife Dana from farming six acres of land they had purchased in 2011 in the Village of LaFayette.
In April 2012, the LaFayette Village Board of Trustees had passed an ordinance that declared commercial farming within those boundaries to be a nuisance.
County may have to borrow money if State doesn’t pay up
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 18:23
- Written by Jason Musselman
The Stark County Board is “much better off than two or three years ago,” according to Treasurer Katrina Rewerts. However, the board is still taking the same steps they have for at least the past four years in case they run out of money before taxes come in.
The process involves the county authorizing a tax anticipant warrant, which means the county can borrow money from a bank up to 85% of the expected tax income for this year.