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Marietta BOE announces layoff, cuts

Treasurer Frank Antill and Superintendent Will Hampton look over the resolutions before going into executive session after Monday evening’s Marietta City Schools Board of Education meeting. (Screen Capture)

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education announced at Monday night’s meeting that Phillips Elementary Principal Kristi Lantz will be laid off at the end of the school year.

Two building principal positions will also be eliminated as a result of consolidation, said Superintendent Will Hampton.

Employees will be reassigned at the next meeting April 26.

The resolution states “the district is undergoing significant consolidation for the 2021-2022 school year with regards to school buildings and the consolidation requires the reorganization of district staff, including a reduction in staff.

“Be it further resolved that the treasurer is hereby authorized to act on behalf of the board to provide written notice of this action to the affected employee,” it notes.

No other information was given on the job eliminations during Monday’s meeting.

The Times reached out to Lantz for a comment after the board meeting, but did not get a response by press time.

Treasurer Frank Antill said an income tax levy will be on the primary ballot May 4. He said the levy’s funds will be used to make the district more competitive in the county. It will also be used to fund day to day operations, such as bus fuel.

It is projected to raise about $3 million, he noted.

He showed the board several slides which described the differences between an income tax levy and an emergency levy.

The emergency levy taxes 35 percent of a home, so the more expensive the home, the more taxes the resident would pay. The income tax levy is separate and is earmarked specifically to support the district.

He showed how if a family earns $42,000 per year, the tax would be $315 per year. A family earning $75,000 would be taxed about $562 per year.

The earned income tax levy includes only wages, salaries and compensation and earnings from self-employment. It does not include capital gains, pensions, interest or dividends and does not allow personal exemption.

“This doesn’t have anything to do with building buildings,” Antill said.

In other school board news:

¯ Hampton said he received a call about 10 minutes before the meeting that the spring choir concert can be held.

“I’m sure there are people who are really happy about that,” he said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had a show.”

¯ April 1 is the deadline for each district to have a needs-tailored plan for post-COVID learning recovery, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.

The board discussed extending the school year for students in certain grades who may be falling behind. The school year would be extended three weeks at the end of the year and they would attend three weeks early.

¯ Board member Stacey Hall requested people share good things within the school district by using #mcsoh on social media.

“I see it as a positive thing,” she said.

¯ The calendar for school year 2021-2022 was approved. Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 18.

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At a Glance:

¯ Phillips Elementary principal will be laid off.

¯ Two building principals positions will be eliminated.

¯ People will be reassigned at the next meeting April 26.

¯ School calendar for 2021-2022 was approved.

Source: Marietta City Schools Board of Education.

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