|Eastwood will dip into PI funds for repairs|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 31 October 2013 08:06|
PEMBERVILLE - At this month's meeting, Eastwood Board of Education members learned of several needed repairs within district facilities.
Phil Donaldson, director of operations, told the board that several of the schools had boiler issues, a dishwasher was down at the middle school, and two freezers had issues.
The walk-in freezer at the middle school needs a new coil and the cost of repair will be roughly $7,000, while the other repairs will cost an additional $2,000 to $3,000, according to Superinten-dent Brent Welker.
Permanent improvement money will be used to pay for the repairs.
Welker reiterated in a community email the need for voters to renew the district's permanent improvement tax Tuesday.
"We use the PI levy to cover an assortment of repair and maintenance projects like those listed above. When you have five facilities, 22 buses and multiple support vehicles like vans, trucks, movers, and utility vehicles, you have to have a dedicated stream that is aside from your operating levies to fund those projects," he stated in his email.
PI funds cannot be used for salaries or fringe benefits.
The levy, which is not collecting new money, will cost a voter of a $100,000 home $33 per year. It raises $265,000 annually.
Also at the meeting, the board commended high school art students Dylan Herrig, Sarah Selzer, Jenne Venier and Cassandra VanDenk for winning the chalk walk competition at the Black Swamp Arts Festival. Teacher Lauren Smith said the $500 winning prize will go to purchase an electric potters wheel and other items for her department.
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