Voters could be asked to approve an incremental operating levy combined with a bond issue for Worthington City Schools in November.

Voters could be asked to approve an incremental operating levy combined with a bond issue in November.

The Worthington Board of Education is still months from placing any kind of issue on the ballot, but on Monday night passed a resolution requesting the state legislature allow for combining an incremental operating levy and bond issue in a single ballot question.

The board has indicated in previous conversations that it plans to ask voters for both additional operating funds and for capital funds in November 2012.

If the legislature acts on this request in time, the board would simply have more options to choose from, said board member Julie Keegan.

State law already allows for the combination of a standard operating levy and a bond issue.

"A single vote for an issue is paramount to its success," district treasurer Jeff McCuen said.

An incremental levy allows for a lower rate of taxation at the outset of a levy, with the rate of taxation increasing in increments in following years. The most recent levy passed by Worthington voters was an incremental levy.

McCuen also said that the bond issue designed to last five years will be stretched an additional year, running out in November 2012.

The 2006 issue covered the cost of technology, maintenance, and transportation.

The extension will be possible with the $2.5 million in contingency funds built into the bond issue, along with $1 million in interest, and $2 million left in a previous permanent improvements fund.

In the next year, $500,000 will be needed to maintain technology equipment; $1.5 million to replace the roof at McCord Middle School; and $400,000 for new buses.

Also on Monday, the board passed a resolution asking the Ohio General Assembly and Gov. John Kasich to reject or veto any legislation limiting local control over the specific days that school can and cannot be in session.

House Bill 191, currently before the House education committee, prohibits school districts from starting classes earlier than Labor Day or ending later than Memorial Day.

Worthington does both.

Board member Marc Schare said the legislation sponsors were concerned with the tourism industry, which is hurt by shortening summer school breaks.

He also said there are parts of H.B. 191 to like. It encourages students being in class more hours, just not by lengthening the school year into the summer.

In Worthington, a calendar committee decides on the dates of the school year based on the interests of parents, students, faculty and the community.