Delphos school board meets

By Sam Shriver -

DELPHOS — The Delphos school board was expected to hear from a representative from the Ohio Board of Education Monday night but that person did not show.

Treasurer Brad Rostorfer told board members they’ve been working with the OBE on the district’s five-year plan.

“They studied endlessly on my forecast that was submitted. They asked questions and we were providing them with information, but they did not really see any flaws in the thinking,” said Rostorfer.

“They questioned a bunch of different things but we worked out all of the details and they really did not come up with any real weaknesses other than our cash balance,” Rostorfer said.

The school district is asking voters to approve a 0.5% traditional income tax levy on March 17.

“I wanted to just emphasize on the best-case scenario of the levy passing and EdChoice being removed from our responsibility shows a $3 million balance at the end of the five years, but I just wanted to emphasize that that is without replacing the three teachers that are retiring this year,” said Rostorfer, who said three teachers and an aide left last year.

“Though that sounds like we’re getting healthy in a hurry, there are a lot of improvements that will need to be made. We will be very cautious in doing that and make sure that the decisions are sound. The five-year forecast already includes a lot of cuts that we’ve made that you wouldn’t necessarily want to continue.”

School district officials continue to meet with different groups to talk about the need for passage of the levy.

There are meetings set up for 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the basement of the Landeck church, the Delphos VFW at around 12:45 p.m. Sunday and the library board at 4 p.m. March 11.

By Sam Shriver

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