Board honors campaign volunteers
Volunteers who worked on the successful bond and levy campaign were honored by Dublin City School Board members last week.
The Good Schools Committee that worked to get the word out about the combined $15.87-million bond issue and 6.4-mill operating levy approved by voters Nov. 6 was applauded during a board of education meeting.
School board President Chris Valentine said $10 million in cuts in line to be instituted if Issue 48 had failed would have been "substantial," especially after cuts made following the failure of a bond and levy issue last year.
Thanks to the Good Schools Committee, Issue 48 passed and students can "continue to receive good opportunities," Valentine said.
Board member Lynn May volunteered for the Good Schools Committee and said a lot of people gave up time with their families to help the campaign.
"There were a lot of great people involved with this," she said. "I cannot thank the people in the community enough for saying yes."
Committee chairs Becka Mayr, Megan Stevens and Kent Underwood were recognized, as were other volunteers at the meeting.
"I want to say thank you from the board, staff and 15,000 students," May said.
Collections on Issue 48, the 6.94-mill levy, will begin in January. The levy will cost residents an additional $213 per $100,000 assessed home value annually.
Final, unofficial election results in Franklin County were 56 percent, or 17,701 votes, for the levy and 44 percent, or 14,143 votes, against.
Delaware County voters opposed Issue 48 with 53 percent of the vote, or 2,507 votes, to 46 percent, or 2,157, unofficial final results said.
In Union County, 54 percent of voters, or 1,154 votes, were cast in favor of the bond and levy issue, while 46 percent, or 967 votes, were cast against the issue.
In other district news, board members approved a $5,000 contact with Riddle Investigations, the company that checks student residency.
Superintendent David Axner said last year, the company found 15 students who did not have parents living in the district, saving the schools $141,000.
Board of education members also last week honored Jerome High School senior Nathaniel Kramer for a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.
"It's not easy to do," Jerome High School Principal Cathy Sankey said.
Kramer was one of 781 students who received a perfect score on the ACT, Sankey said, and 1.66 million students took the test.
Kramer's perfect score is the third in the district this year, Sankey said.
"Certainly it's the support of parents, the support of the district ... and staff," she said.
Three Jerome High School sports teams were also recognized by the board for state championship titles. The Jerome boys golf team, girls golf team and girls tennis team were all named state champions for the second year in a row.
"What a great night it is to be a Celt and to be back here to celebrate," Sankey said.