Delphos schools awaiting fate of levy

By Sam Shriver -

DELPHOS — Delphos schools are awaiting the results of Tuesday’s election to determine the district’s financial future.

Voters have been casting their ballot by mail leading up to today’s election.

The district is asking voters to approve a 0.50% traditional income tax.

Because of the district’s tenuous financial condition, the district was placed on “Fiscal Caution” by the Ohio Department of Education. As part of that designation, the district must submit a recovery plan which was originally due by May 4.

“We still need to get election results and get that confirmed before we can finalize the plan and then we will circle back to the board of education and finalize that plan and submit that,” said Doug Westrick, Delphos schools superintendent.

The school district was granted an extension for another 30 days because the original March election was postponed to April 28.

A Fiscal Caution is declared when conditions or practices exist that could lead to Fiscal Watch or Fiscal Emergency.

Westrick indicates passage of the levy is crucial to getting the district back on solid financial footing.

“We’re still confident that it’s going to pass. We think the community information was communicated very well. We got a lot of good feedback, but obviously COVID-19 is going to play a role in that and we’re not exactly sure how that impacted our chances,” Westrick said.

Meanwhile, the board of education is looking at gearing down the school year.

The last day of new assignments for seniors will be May 8. They’ll have until May 15 to make up work that is required for graduation.

For underclassmen, the last day for new assignments will be May 14 and they’ll have until May 21 to complete or catch up on past assignments.

Return of any school books or school property/rental calculators and pick up locker items will take place from May 18-22. Lockers will be cleaned out by school representatives and the items put into a labeled bag. This will be conducted entirely from the vehicle window to and from the school representatives.

In the middle and elementary schools, May 14 will be the last day for students to be assigned new assignments. They have until May 21 to complete the work.

Between May 18 and May 21, students will be asked to drop off school property and pick up personal belongings.

By Sam Shriver

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