FOSTORIA Fostoria Board of Education Monday approved the need for a "substitute" levy to be placed on the May ballot.
The substitute levy would allow for $1.8 million the first year to go toward school operations, with possible increases in future years.
A "substitute" levy, allowed by law since 2008, allows a school board to replace an emergency levy with a maximum of five years with a substitute levy for up to 10 years.
The levy would replace an existing 7.55-mil, five-year emergency levy that was approved by voters in 2009 and expires at the end of 2013.
Monday's action was the first step in getting the levy on the May ballot. If approved, fund collection would begin in 2014.
School board members also were given a glimpse of STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is an education program that allows for students to be more hands-on with their learning. It is offered to students in Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School, with plans to integrate it into daily activities for the 2013-2014 school year.
In other matters, the board:
Approved the resignation of Andrew Sprang, FIES principal.
Approved the resignation of Matt Seel, junior high school boys and girls basketball coach.
Approved the employment of six new personnel.