Perry school board seeks renewal

By Sam Shriver -

PERRY TOWNSHIP — The Perry school board passed a resolution Monday night declaring it necessary to place a tax renewal levy on the November ballot.

It would replace a 4.9 mill 5-year levy which goes back to 1986 when it was first passed.

The exact millage will be determined by the Allen County Auditor’s Office.

Board President Marc Sidener appreciated the support the school district has had in the past.

“We have had a very high pass rate with our renewals,” said Sidener. “The community has been really supportive going back many years. We’re just really thankful that the line of communication between our district community members and administrators on the board at the school has really been a good one. They support these kids and in my opinion, that’s number one.”

The board met virtually through the Zoom program and could be viewed on the school district’s YouTube page.

The school board also discussed the ramifications of having to conduct the rest of the school year online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re going to keep on doing what we’ve been doing with the online learning through the elementary and the high school curriculum,” said Alison VanGorder, superintendent of Perry schools. “From a district’s standpoint, we’ll continue passing out meals like we have been every Monday from 10:30 to noon in the west wing so that will continue for the next eight weeks. No spring testing will take place even though we are learning online, all of those requirements have been waived.”

Getting the elementary school students to transition into remote learning was a big challenge.

“Our biggest effort for the whole transition into remote learning was getting kids online,” said Kelly Schooler, elementary school principal. “I’m really pleased to report that in week one for kindergarten we only had 60% of kids online, we’re at 82% now. First grade was at 78% the first week, we’re at 95% now. Second grade was at 69%, we’re now at 96%. Third grade was at 73% the first week, we’re now at 83%. Fourth grade was at 80%, we’re now at 85%. Fifth grade was at 68%, we’re now at 84%. Sixth grade started out at 62%, we’re now at 89%. We passed out 112 devices and people have been working really hard to get kids connected.”

By Sam Shriver

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