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Tyler BOE Approves No Change in Levy Rates

By Staff | Mar 23, 2016

SISTERSVILLE – The Tyler County Board of Education approved the proposed levy rates during Monday’s meeting at Sistersville Elementary School.

There will be no changes in the current or excess levy rates, which vary depending on property class, for the 2017 fiscal year.

School District Treasurer Jeff Davis said the property assessed values for 2017 increases by $195 million of which $189 million is business oriented natural gas industry. That means the regular levy revenue will increase about $1.5 million and the excess levy revenue will increase about $1.7 million, he said.

The increase in the regular levy decreases the amount of state aid the district will receive. Ninety-eight percent of the increase in the regular levy goes to state, which decreases the amount of aid given to Tyler County.

“In a sense, the extra money we receive doesn’t stay here but goes to the state coffers,” Davis said. “But 100 percent of the increase in the excess levy benefits our schools and students. This is the start of the increase in the excess levy which should have a positive impact on the educational environment for all of Tyler County. Without the excess levy, the benefit of oil and gas production taxes would all funnel to the state as an increase in local levy, which decreases state aid.”

Davis added that the school district will finish the year in the black ink meaning a positive balance.

He said in comparison to other counties, “Tyler county remains very strong financially.” He stressed the importance of the excess levy’s role in education funding. The excess levy will be on the ballot in December 2017.

“The voters who support the excess levy should be commended,” Davis said. “Without that levy, our school system would be in dire straits like counties that don’t have a levy.”

In other business, the Board:

– Approved the retirement of Ronda Spencer, a kindergarten teacher at A.I. Boreman Elementary. Spencer has served the district for three decades.

“I hate to see her go,” said BOE President Bonnie Henthorn.

BOE Member Nancy Hoover noted how the district is losing some of most experienced staff due to retirements. Spencer joins veteran educators like Wayne Smith, Linda Putzulu and Charlene Galluzzo, who attended the BOE meeting, among others who are retiring at the end of the school year.

– Reviewed and approved school system policies as required by state. There were no policy changes.

– Approved the recommendations of the superintendent for re-employment of central office administrators for the 2016-17 school year and for re-issuing professional probationary contracts, professional continuing contracts, probationary classified service personnel contracts and continuing classified service contracts.

– Employed Russell Blatt as a temporary custodian.

– Transferred Gary Denning as a full-time custodian at Sistersville Elementary.

– Approved school trip requests from Brian Bailey, Linda Yoho, Linda Duncan and Janet Cline.