Kalida Board of Education votes on KMI project
Thursday, December 06, 2012 3:04 AM
KALIDA - The Kalida Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. After roll call, the pledge and prayer, a motion was made for the board to enter executive session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of an employee, or the investigation of charges or complains against an employee, official, licensee or student unless the employee, official, licensee or student requests a public hearing. The board returned just over an hour later, and no action was taken.
A concerned resident spoke about the KMI road expansion and further steps taken after the project is complete. Her question to the members of school board and staff of the school was "What if this project depreciates my home, and the value of the other homes within one mile? This would cause the school district to lose money."
After a short discussion with Cindy Webken, the Treasurer of Kalida School District, the school would lose money if the homes around KMI would depreciate in value but also if the board would agree to not pass the CRA proposal, at 100 percent tax abetment. If the board declined the project, at 100 percent, the village council could pass the same project at 75 percent, and the school would not profit with the same value.
As the KMI issue was further discussed, board president Denney Turnwald called for the members to vote. The CRA agreement with KMI was passed unanimously.
Also on the agenda were the principal reports. First elementary principal Karl Lammers gave his statement. "We had very successful parent-teacher conferences again this year, and our student Christmas program, 'Jingle all the Way' is scheduled for Dec. 17, and I hear them practice just about every day."
Chris Pfahler gave the high school report, as they too had successful parent-teacher conferences. He also reported that David Gordon, Dale Liebrecht, Jeff Clement and himself attended the 'Project Leading the Way State Conference' at Ohio University, on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and 30.
"Liebrecht was invited to present and did a great job with the topic of iPads in the PLTW Classroom," said Pfahler. "I would also like to congratulate Alyssa Odenweller on her induction into the National Technical Honor Society at Vantage Career Venter, which will take place on Dec. 11."
The next school board meeting has yet to be determined.