We are busy preparing for the 2019-2020 school year, and it is approaching fast! We hope all students and staff are enjoying a well-earned summer off to relax. Please take time with your loved ones and make some cherished memories.
Below are a couple of links on our website to help you prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.
2019-2020 School Calendar
Below are the highlights from the Board of Education Meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
The Board accepted the resignation of Athletic Director/Business Technology Teacher, Danielle Emans. The position is currently posted.
Ernest Holycross was hired as Transportation Supervisor on a one year contract. Mr. Holycross is looking forward to being involved with the Ridgemont District and is ready to get started as Transportation Supervisor. The motion was approved for Mrs. Connie Reel to remain as the On Board Instructor for Bus Drivers for the 2019-2020 school year.
Mrs. Megan Looney, Mrs. Emily Tyll, and Mr. JMac Geissinger were approved for salary adjustments. A two-year EMIS Coordinator Service Agreement was approved with the Western Ohio Computer Organization (WOCO). Leslie Prater was hired as Seventh Grade Volleyball Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.
Bids were approved for Bread/Bakery to Nickles Bakery and Dairy to Dairy Enterprises/Smith Dairy through MEC. A motion was approved to reject the gas and fuel bids as the District will seek quotes from local businesses.
As Ridgemont has done in the past, the Board approved an online calamity day plan. This means if Ridgemont misses five days of school due to inclement weather, the next three days that are missed would be completed online or through “blizzard bags”. Handbooks for the 2019-2020 school year were approved for students/athletes and staff, and the Emergency Operation Plan was also approved. The motions were approved for the purchase of a new bus and a new lawnmower. Membership to the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School funding was approved.
The Board also approved a motion to move forward with a renewal of the .75 % income tax that will be placed on the November 2019 ballot. The renewal is for no new money and is anticipated to generate approximately $493,626 dollars a year for the operations of the district.
RESOLUTION REQUESTING CERTIFICATION OF ALTERNATIVE TAX RATES FOR A RENEWAL INCOME TAX
R.C. § 5748.02)
WHEREAS, Ohio Revised Code Section 5748.02 authorizes school districts to impose voter-approved income taxes upon their residents; and
WHEREAS, the School District is currently levying a 0.75% per annum, five-year income tax approved by the voters of the School District on May 5, 2015 (the “Existing Income Tax”) for the purpose of current expenses, with the last year of collection of the Existing Income Tax being in 2020; and
WHEREAS, a resolution declaring the necessity to raise additional School District revenue must be adopted and certified to the Tax Commissioner for the State of Ohio (the “Tax Commissioner”) in order to permit the Board to consider the renewal of an income tax and to preserve the right to submit the question of levying such a renewal income tax to the electors of the School District at the election to be held November 5, 2019;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED and hereby determined by the Board of Education of the Ridgemont Local School District, Hardin County, Ohio, a majority of the members thereof concurring, that:
Section 1. The Board determines that it is necessary to raise annually the additional sum of four hundred ninety-three thousand, six hundred twenty-six Dollars ($493,626.00) for the purpose of providing for the current operating expenses of the School District (the “Income Tax”).
Section 2. The income that shall be subject to the Income Tax is the taxable income of individuals and estates as defined in Ohio Revised Code Sections 5748.01(E)(1)(a) and 5748.01(E)(2).
Section 3. The Treasurer is directed to immediately certify a copy of this resolution to the Tax Commissioner, not later than July 26, 2019, together with a request that the Tax Commissioner determine and certify to the Board the property tax rate that would have had to be imposed by the School District in the current year to produce the amount of money set forth above and the income tax rate that would have had to have been in effect for the current year to produce the amount of money set forth above.
Section 4. All formal actions of this Board concerning and relating to the passage of this Resolution were adopted in an open meeting of this Board, and all deliberations of this Board and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action were in meetings open to the public in compliance with all legal requirements, including Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The Board would like to recognize and thank the following organizations or individuals who have donated to Ridgemont Local Schools.
.Mt. Victory State Bank for providing pizza for lunch every year on the last staff work day.
.New Leaf-Providing Planters for Graduation Ceremony