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Frontier Schools celebrates levy, weighs financial issues

March 4, 2011
From Staff Reports

NEW MATAMORAS - While Frontier Local Schools is celebrating the passage of its renewal tax levy, officials warn hard economic times are still on the horizon.

In November, the 3.3-mill, 10-year levy passed with 62.03 percent of the votes, 1,067 for it and 653 against it.

Officials said it passed with the largest percentage of "yes" votes the district has ever received.

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Students in a Newport Elementary kindergarten class clip letters from the newspaper during a lesson in March.

"Those are huge numbers of support," said Superintendent Bruce Kidder. "We carried all the precincts. I think it's a reflection on how we care about the kids."

However, in January the superintendent warned board members a reduction in staff was coming due to the expiration of a key education grant. Kidder told the board he expects to ask them for approval of a reduction in force due to Reading First grant funding likely running out. The funding pays for several staff positions in the district.

"We did the same thing last year and then (the grant) got renewed," said Kidder. "But I've still got to follow the timelines and let them know 'This is coming up, plan your lives accordingly.'"

Kidder said he expects the school system will not get another reprieve with the grant funding.

"I do believe Reading First will be done this year," he said.

Kidder also said he is still working on having a Race To The Top plan approved for the district.

Frontier Local Schools is one of the Ohio districts awarded federal Race To The Top funding but there are still few specifics on how the money will be spent.

Kidder said he is on his sixth revision to a plan.

"We're still working to make Race To The Top happen," he said. "But our long-term plan was not to make a huge dent in the money this year anyway. I knew there would be a lot of hoops to jump through."



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