In the wake of an outpouring of support from the community and Cardinal Alumni, one Middlefield business is also pledging financial support to the school district.
On Feb. 14, Jim Schill of Chem Technologies, Ltd. presented Cardinal Local School District superintendent, Dr. Scott J. Hunt with a check for $60,000. The money will assist the district with securing a higher-ending balance in the general fund budget at the end of fiscal year 2017. Currently the district is projected to end the year with around $1,100 in the budget.
“I would like to express my deep gratitude to Jim Schill of Chem Tech for recognizing our need and investing in the future of the Cardinal Schools,” said Hunt. “Given the current financial situation of the district, this gesture speaks volumes to the importance of the relationship between the business community and the school community.”
Currently, the district has a 10-year agreement with Chem Tech to receive a $6,000 annual tax abatement. The company offered to provide the payments to the district up front. The eight-vote November 2016 levy loss is forcing the district to make adjustments to avoid being placed in fiscal caution, watch, or emergency by the state of Ohio. The Board of Education has voted on increases and changes to pay-to-participate fees for spring activities and more cuts to staffing and programs could be on the horizon to start the 2017-18 school year.
The district will have a 5.5 mill levy on the May 9 ballot. If passed, the levy would generate $1.7million a year for the district. Monies would be used to pay employee salaries, benefits, operational costs and to give the district the money needed to continue to operate as is, while maintaining local control.