To the Editor: Bowling Green school treasurer responds to letter-to-the-editor
Written by Rhonda Melchi   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:27
In response to a recent letter, I share the following:
• All public employees in the State of Ohio are required by Ohio law to belong to one of the state retirement systems. The governing boards of those employees do not have an option to select to participate in a 401(k) instead, nor do the employees themselves have that option.
• Teachers in this school district currently pay 10.5% of health insurance premiums for family coverage and 14.5% of health insurance premiums for single coverage. Vision insurance costs $13.22 per month per family.
• Employees earning $75,000 or more in salary have advanced education of at least 30 semester hours beyond a Master's degree (with one exception) and no less than 15 years experience and must continually attend additional classes to maintain their educator licenses.
In closing, it was a surprise to me to learn the "Board of Education intends to come back to voters in 2017 for an even larger tax increase" and I work directly for the board. All of the current board members' terms expire on or before Dec. 31, 2015.
Rhonda Melchi
BG City Schools

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