SYCAMORE - Mohawk Board of Education approved placing a five-year, 1.5-mill permanent improvement levy on the ballot. As a permanent improvement levy, funds could only be used for tangible property that has a longevity of more than five years. School officials called it a "rainy day" fund for future facility maintenance.
Based on the county auditor's calculations, the levy is to generate $173,392 each year. This increase would cost an owner of a $100,000 house an additional $45.94 a year.
The board approved a one-year contract with the Mohawk Education Association. The new contract includes a pay freeze for teachers and concessions on insurance.
Superintendent Ken Ratliff said raw data on the OAA's tests for grades 3-8 were received last week. The district achieved 25 of 26 indicators. Ratliff said he anticipates a district rating of excellent. In 2011 the district made 22 of the 26 indicators.
In personnel matters, the board appointed Carl Long as interim high school principal until the return of newly hired principal Brett Graham from military deployment in Afghanistan. Nelle Nutter is to serve as interim elementary principal until Long returns to his duties as elementary principal.
Jennifer Shuck was hired as high school chemistry/physics teacher. Supplemental contracts were also approved.
In other news, the board:
Accepted Trident for liability and property insurance coverage for $26,771.
Accepted student lunch prices at $2 for grades K-6; $2.50 grades 7-12; hot breakfast $1.25; hot bar $2.75; and milk 35 cents. Reduced price lunches will remain at 40 cents and breakfast at 30 cents.
Accepted a contract with Tri-Rivers Educational Computer Association for technology services.
Set workbook and supply fees for grades K-6 at $35.
Approved the budget for Mohawk Community Library for 2012.
Approved continuing membership in Ohio High School Athletic Association.
The board adjourned to executive session. No further action was to be taken.