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School board approves excess levy ballot

Nathan Jeffersnjeffers@heartlandpublications.com

August 1, 2012

POINT PLEASANT — At Tuesday evening’s special business meeting of the Mason County Board of Education, members approved an excess levy order and official ballot which will be included on the General Election Ballot on Nov. 6.


If passed in November, it was reported the excess levy will authorize additional funds for the fiscal years beginning on July 1, 2014, and continuing for the next five school years, ending with the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2018. The total annual amount authorized by passing this excess levy for each fiscal year will be $8, 461, 724, totaling $42, 308, 620, for all five fiscal years.


According to the approved excess levy order the additional levy rate in cents for each class of property in the Mason County School District for the five fiscal years will be as follows: Class I, 22.95; Class II, 45.90; Class III, 91.80; Class IV, 91.80.


If passed in November, it was stated this money from this excess levy will be put towards paying the general expenses of the Board of Education, and included the following areas:


Professional and Service Salary Supplements, Personnel Taxes and Benefits; Textbooks, Supplies, and Equipment and Insurance; Extra- and co-curricular activities; Construction, Repair, Maintenance, and Building Utilities; Computer Technology; Student Transportation; and Supplemental support for several outside agencies.


According to the approved ballot, $2, 681, 724 will go towards professional and service salary supplements, personnel taxes and benefits. It was reported that this area includes, but is not limited to, to following:


School nurse health services above state aid funding, supplemental salaries for dual credit courses, existing county supplements, salaries of personnel in excess of 200 days, supplemental co-curricular and extra-curricular salaries(academics, arts, and athletics), supplemental salaries for after-school activity runs,, FICA taxes, unemployment taxes, worker’s compensation taxes, retirement, dental, visual and long-term disability insurance.


Concerning textbooks, supplies, and equipment and insurance, the excess levy will provide $1, 800, 000, and the ballot says it includes, but is not limited to the following:


Free textbooks and textbook related materials, duplication paper, writing paper, notebook paper, instructional supplies and equipment including library, office operating expenses, and accident insurance for all county students during school and school related activities.


The excess levy will provide $290, 000 for extra- and co-curricular activities, which includes, but is not limited to the following:


Field trips, school competitions, and other extra- and co-curricular expenses.


Concerning construction, repair, maintenance and building utilities, the excess levy will provide $2, 7500, 000 and include, but is not limited to the following:


Construction building repairs, roof replacement, asbestos projects, structural repairs, fire code corrections, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, equipment maintenance, paving, safety and security systems, lawn maintenance, lease purchase and QZAB payments and all utilities and utility related costs.


For computer technology and student transportation, the excess will provide $180, 000, and $600, 000, respectively. For computer technology, the area includes, but is not limited to the following:


Technician salaries and related benefits, computer purchases, repair, upgrades, software, and contracting.


For student transportation, the area includes, but is not limited to the following:


Maintenance of equipment, vehicle replacement, gasoline tanks, transportation equipment, fuel and tools.


In addition to providing for several areas in Mason County Schools, the excess levy will also benefit a few outside agencies, and distribute a total of $160, 000. $100, 000 will go to the Sheriff’s Department, and help provide for the Prevention Resource Officers. $30, 000 will go towards the Mason County Library, $20, 000 to the WV Cooperative Extension, and $10, 000 to the Mason County Fair.


It was also reported this ballot will be published in the Point Pleasant Register prior to the election on Nov. 6.


In addition to Superintendent Suzanne Dickens, board members present at this meeting were Thomas Nunnery, Randy Searls, Greg Fowler, Paul Sayre, and Dale Shobe.


The Mason County Board of Education will meet again for a Regular Business Meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, at the Mason County Career Center.


(Note: More on this meeting will appear in a later edition.)