Rossford schools plan for loss of Wonder tax PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 08:21
File photo. Employees at the Hostess plant in Northwood, are seen striking outside of the plant, are part of a nationwide strike of Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union employed by Hostess. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
ROSSFORD - The Rossford school district may have to carry the Wonder Bread plant on its delinquent list as the parent company goes through bankruptcy, but it should still collect the taxes the plant owes eventually.
That was the assessment of the situation shared with the Rossford Board of Education on Monday.
Treasurer James Rossler said that the short term prospects are that the plant would continue to generate the $103,000 in property taxes.
If the building is sold for continued use as a bakery then that value would remain. However if Hostess Brands, the parent company, sells the building for another use such as a warehouse, then the new owner could appeal to have its tax bill reduced.
Citing labor difficulties, Hostess Brands declared bankruptcy earlier this year.
The building is located in the city of Northwood, which would face a loss of income tax revenue. The plant employed about 160 workers.
Several companies have reportedly expressed interest in buying the company and its signature brands.
Also, at the meeting, the board indicated it would act at its next meeting on Jan. 9 on a plan to move sixth graders to the middle school and possibly cluster other grades.
Board members indicated that they were inclined to support the administration's move to go in that direction.
Grade clustering assigns students to school buildings based on grade, not neighborhood. The district has not discussed those details aside from the transfer of sixth graders.
President Dawn Burks said the plan would help meet the district's goal of operating more efficiently and saving money and improving its academic performance.
The biggest question is when such a move would be made.
Burks said parents have told her they'd like to wait until 2014 to make the move to give them more time to prepare. Teachers, however, have indicated they'd like the move to happen at the beginning of the next school year.
"We're all in favor of moving forward," board member Ken Sutter said. "In terms of timing I'd leave it up to the administration."
The board will hold its organizational meeting before its regular session at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9.
At Monday's meeting, Burks indicated she was interested in serving another year as board president. Board Vice President Jackie Brown and board member Doug Miller also said they may be interested in serving as president.

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