The agenda was short and the meeting brief, but the defeat of Canal Winchester Schools’ 8.9-mill levy weighed heavily on the mind of Superintendent Kimberley Miller-Smith during the Nov. 17 Canal Winchester school board meeting.
"It was a disappointing loss, especially in terms of an outstanding campaign," said Miller-Smith. "As of now, everything is as is, but everything is up for discussion at the December board retreat."
The board’s retreat will be held Dec. 6 at 8 a.m. at 100 Washington St.
According to Miller-Smith, there are no immediate plans to return to the ballot. However, board members and administrators will have to wrestle with an additional projected $1.2 million shortfall due to lower enrollment figures and a decline in property tax proceeds.
Last spring, total revenue for 2009 was projected at $30.4 million, but revised down to $28.9 million in October. May expenditure estimates were $30.7 million and upped to $31.4 million five months later.
Other CW school news
•Board members accepted a $150 donation to the Winchester Trail Principal’s Fund and a $500 donation to the athletic department from Mark Schrimi. A trio of high School club sports-including a dance team, ice hockey, and swimming-were approved with no cost to the district.
•Students will be traveling to Orlando, Fla., in April for the Disney Wide World of Sports event and to Medina, Ohio, in December for an end-of-the-year wrestling tournament following adoption of the consent agenda items by the board.
•Resignations from bus driver Linda Kent and custodian Tracy Meyer were accepted, although Kent will remain with the district as a substitute bus driver; Elizabeth Flinders was hired on a one-year contract as a bus driver; and Tamera Wald receiving a contract as a bus driver/bus aide on an as-needed basis.