Board member Eric Germann discussed state funding cuts during his legislative liaison report at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Board member Eric Germann discussed state funding cuts during his legislative liaison report at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
MIDDLE POINT – Funding was the big topic at Lincolnview Local School’s Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

Ridge Township members discussed and requested that the school board approve a tax increment financing (TIF) agreement to help repair roads that fall within the district.

“Another hog operation is being built on Gamble Road,” said Ridge Township Trustee Bill Evans. “Part of what I want to do is make you all aware of what it costs to maintain the roads.”

District Treasurer Troy Bowersock had mentioned that funding was being cut from the State level, but he was not sure if that would affect the school.

However, Evans noted that the State funding was where a lot of the money comes from to fix roads in the township and noted that if that funding is cut on the township side, the township will have to figure out how to fix the roads regardless.

With the trucks going to and from the hog farm, the roads need to be chipped and sealed every six to eight years.

“It costs us around $11,000 per mile (to chip and seal),” said Evans. “We have 44 miles. We try, as a township, to chip and seal six miles every year. Every four years we get assistance from the State to pave a road.”

Even with State assistance, Evans said the township falls short and the State will only help pay for pavement, but not chip and seal.

The board asked questions and discussed the issue with the trustees in attendance but made no decision on the matter at Wednesday’s meeting.

In Eric Germann’s legislative liaison report, he further discussed funding issues from the school’s stand point.

“The State came out a week or so ago and said that their tax receipts were running way behind so they anticipate taking that $400 million each year from the budget,” said Germann. “They said all options are on the table with the exception with some of the drug treatment programs and things dealing with opiate addiction. Those were the only things they said were off limits. Notably what they didn’t say was off limits was education.”

Germann said there is no word on what is going to happen yet but he expects more information in the next week or so.

During his superintendent’s report, Jeff Snyder expressed how well the 21st Century program is doing, which aims to help high-poverty students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects such as reading and math. The program is federally funded by a three-year grant. The third year will be during the 2017-18 school year.

“There is some conversation about the future of that grant and since Mr. Germann did talk about the cuts, I don’t know if that might be an area where the grant might not make it past the three years,” said Snyder. “There’s a lot of working parts to the grant and it’s a great thing for us.”

In other business the board approved an architect agreement with Garmann-Miller and Associates, Inc. Snyder said that now that the agreement is approved the board will be seeing a floor plan and work will be moving quickly. He hopes to be in the building by this time next year.

During the meeting the board also approved Rebecca Matthews as a substitute bus driver and hired Karen Kemler as a substitute cook.

The next meeting will be May 23 at 6 p.m.