One more petition by a resident asking to transfer out of the Bowling Green City Schools district has been turned in.

On Monday, Jeff Avery turned in that petition with four signatures of residents in Plain Township who want to transfer to Otsego Local Schools.

Paperwork for 11 transfers were also turned into the district office March 9.

The school board at its meeting tonight unanimously approved a resolution acknowledging receipt of the petitions.

The petitions will be sent to the Wood County Board of Elections where the signatures will be certified.

Board of elections Co-Director Carol DeJong said today that office is waiting to get the paperwork from the school district.

“Our research will get a little more in depth once we have something,” she said. “This is uncharted territory.”

Board President Ginny Stewart said that the petitioners are seeking transfer to five school districts: Otsego Local Schools, two; Elmwood Local Schools, four; Patrick Henry Local Schools, three; McComb Local Schools, one; and Eastwood Local Schools, two.

The petitioners’ district and the new district have to be contiguous.

The petitions require signatures from 10% of the electorate who voted in the last general election.

Once the elections board has certified the signatures, the paperwork will be sent back to the Bowling Green school board, which in April is expected to pass a resolution allowing the petitions to go to the ballot.

The deadline for the August special election is May 6. The district will incur all costs of putting the issues on the ballot, which carries the highest cost for all elections.

Superintendent Francis Scruci did wonder whether that May deadline will stand now that the Primary Election may be moved to June. The polls were closed by Ohio’s director of health over coronavirus concerns.

“We want to comply with the law,” Scruci said. “It’s a big decision for people.”

Ten residents circulated the petitions asking for signatures from voters interesting in transferring from Bowling Green to other school districts.

• Richard Chamberlain, petition to transfer from Milton Township to Patrick Henry, 42 signatures collected; petition to transfer from Richfield Township to Patrick Henry, one signature; petition to transfer from Liberty Township to Elmwood, four signatures.

• Dan Wilson, petition to transfer from Jackson Township to McComb, one signature; petition to transfer from Plain Township to Elmwood, 24 signatures.

• Grant Chamberlain, petition to transfer from Plain Township to Eastwood, three signatures.

• Richard Chamberlain and Grant Chamberlain, petition to transfer from Plain Township to Otsego, 19 signatures.

• Scott Apple, petition to transfer from Center Township to Elmwood, two signatures; petition to transfer from Liberty Township to Elmwood, 43 signatures; petition to transfer from Plain Township to Elmwood, two signatures; and petition to transfer from Milton Township to Patrick Henry, three signatures.

Six people turned in one petition to transfer from Center Township to Eastwood. They included Josh Nutter, three signatures; Nolan Chamberlain, three signatures; Devon Dauterman, 14 signatures; Jennifer Adler, four signatures; Grant Chamberlain, one signature; and Brian Smith, 12 signatures.

Only the registered voters in the territories who filed will have the option of voting on their respective transfer issue. Other residents affected by the move – including residents in the school district losing the territory and residents in the school district gaining the territory – do not have a say in the decision.

DeJong said that there were two similar petitions on the ballot in Stark County on Tuesday.

The Village of Hills and Dales was asking to transfer from Plain Local Schools to Jackson Local Schools.

Territory T, a four-block street in North Canton, was asking to transfer from Plain Local Schools to North Canton City Schools.

State lawmakers are considering whether to repeal the territory transfer law. Senate Bill 89 revises the Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program, dissolves the three academic distress commissions and repeals the school district territory transfer law from the state budget bill.

Under Senate Bill 89, the repeal would not affect ongoing school territory transfers.

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