NEW PARIS — National Trail Local School Board of Education is interested in putting a tax renewal on the ballot.
During a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, the board discussed on which ballot they want the renewal.
If they put the issue on the May ballot, the district would have four opportunities to pass the renewal, but at a significant cost.
Superintendent Bob Fischer explained, they will not know what issues will be on the May ballot until February. The price to put their issue on that ballot can also change. Fischer added, it can end up costing anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000 to put their tax renewal on the May 7 ballot.
Board member Gary Moore suggested waiting to put the issue on in November. The November elections do not cost money and the district would still have two additional opportunities.
Board Vice President David Harris agreed, adding, he did not believe voters would appreciate the district spending that much money to put the issue on the May ballot.
Later in the meeting, Superintendent Fischer recognized the board in honor of School Board Appreciation Month.
The board also held a public hearing on the 2019-2020 School Calendar. Superintendent Fischer presented the option that 52 percent of the staff picked. School will be released for the year after Memorial Day. The calendar also includes three professional development days prior to the start of the year.
NT High School Principal Brian McKnight presented the following updates to the board:
•Staff held a class meeting on Jan. 3-8 for grades 9-12 to focus on second semester and graduation for seniors.
•The National Trail Music Department is selling the Blazer Power Cards for $5. This year, there are 21 discount offers from local restaurants and businesses. Contact Mr. Jordan at 937-437-3333 x1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get your cards.
•During the month of January, the AG department will be conducting the following practices: Ag Sales, Ag Basketball, Meat Judging, Tractor Trouble Shooting, Ag Communications, and Wildlife judging.
•On Jan. 19, FFA students will be attending the 212/360 leadership conference in Columbus.
Middle School Principal Mike Eyler has been preparing Words of Wisdom for the announcements, including words from celebrities or icons that the students might recognize.
Elementary Principal Ed Eales shared, they are working on comparing fall MAP data to winter. He added, the holiday breakfast was a success, with the Kindergarten singers being a highlight.
The next National Trail Local Board of Education regular meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the NT Board Office at the school complex.
Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH