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School Board Continues Construction Project

The Archbold School Board is continuing its look at future construction that could be at least partially funded with state dollars.

During the Monday, Dec. 16 board meeting, Jayson Selgo, district superintendent, said district officials received an enrollment projection from Future Think, a consulting firm.

Selgo said the district provided the company with data. The company projected that over the next 10 years, district enrollment will remain consistent with current figures.

The district currently has about 1,274 students in kindergarten through 12th grades.

“While we would like to think of enrollment as increasing, part of the financial discussions I have been in across the state of Ohio (say) enrollments across the state are expected to decrease,” he said.

Selgo said he also received an assessment of the three school buildings by an architectural firm that visited in October.

The assessment and enrollment projections will go to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The OFCC will then begin preparing a master plan for the district.

Selgo said he plans to meet with consulting firm Garmann-Miller to discuss the project.

Rover

In her report, Christine Ziegler, district treasurer, said the Rover Pipeline has appealed its property tax valuation for tax year 2019.

Bills for a particular tax year are sent to taxpayers the following year, so tax year 2019 bills will be paid in 2020.

She explained the appeal process is very complex. The company will only pay property taxes for tax year 19 (payable 20) on the value that is not being appealed.

If, after the appeals process the state finds that Rover owes more than what the company did pay, it must pay the difference.

On the other hand, she said if the state finds the tax value of the pipeline is less, school districts and townships will be required to refund some of the money they received.

Ziegler said when she put together her financial forecast, which was approved at the October board meeting, she did not include any Rover fund revenue.

In a related matter, board members approved a measure setting aside some of the money from the Rover Pipeline for future capital projects.

In his written report, Selgo said, “It is our belief that setting aside some of these funds is a proactive and responsible approach to offset future cost to the taxpayers of the Archbold school district.”

Personnel

Under personnel action, the board approved a oneyear contract for Justin Dominique as the district maintenance-custodian.

Selgo said Dominique is a 1999 AHS graduate, and has been working at Allied Moulded Products in Bryan.

He said eight people interviewed for the position, and he was pleased with the quality of the applicants.

Kierstyn Repp was approved as a student sub-custodian for the 2019-20 school year.

The board established Thursday, Jan. 2, 3 pm, for the 2020 board organizational meeting. Jeremy Hurst, board president, was named the president pro tem for that meeting.

The meeting will be held in the AHS media center.

The next regular meeting is Monday, Jan. 13, 5 pm, in the AHS media center.