The Kenston Local School District approved a general fund spending plan for 2021 which includes estimated expenditures in the amount of $42.17 million during a Monday meeting.

As a result of increased expenditures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and cuts in state funding, district officials said that it is becoming increasingly clear the school district needs to decide soon on placing a levy on the ballot in 2021. 

“The Board of Education has had a few discussions regarding a future levy but have not made a definitive answer as of yet” said Treasurer Paul Pestello. “I am relatively confident that a definitive decision will be made in October.” 

Previously at its June 29 meeting, the board discussed the possibility of combining an operating levy with a permanent improvement levy. 

If the board chooses to put a levy on the ballot in May of 2021, it would have less than a year to campaign. But if it were to fail, the board would have the option of trying next November. 

The board also moved to authorize the treasurer to request real estate tax advances for calendar year 2021 from the Geauga County Treasurer’s Office. “By having tax advances, the district can invest those funds and/or use the funds for expenditures as necessary” Mr. Pestello said.

In addition, the treasurer was authorized to transfer $465,000 from the general fund to the permanent improvement fund related to set-aside requirements pertaining to capital and maintenance expenditures.

 In other business, the board approved the superintendent’s recommendation for a partnership agreement with college credit plus provider Miami University for the 2020-2021 school year, along with a contract with Mentor Public Schools for services for one student at a cost not to exceed $125,160.

The board also approved the superintendent’s recommendation for a contract with the Mayfield City Schools for services for six students attending the Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium job training program at a cost of $17,500 per student, not to exceed $105,000. 

New funds for coronavirus relief and a Broadband Ohio connectivity fund were also approved along with a contract with Solutions Behavioral Consulting for specialized educational services not to exceed $89,765 for registered behavior aid services for two students and a board certified behavior analyst for the 2020-2021 school year.

The next Kenston Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

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