NORTH CANTON  The North Canton Board of Education approved a resolution to oppose the assignment of a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) on the Earth Fare Plaza and requests that the Stark County Commissioners don’t redirect school funding for infrastructure projects. The resolution was passed during the board’s regular meeting on Dec. 20.

Superintendent Jeff Wendorf said a TIF can be used to divert new taxes on property improvements, such as those done to the Earth Fare Plaza. Up to 75 percent of the taxes can be diverted and used for projects such as improving the community infrastructure. 

The district and the board wrote a letter to the Board of Stark County Commissions expressing their concerns and opposition to the proposal.

"In this case, the TIF would be worth $247,000 a year for 10 years, which equals having four teachers in the district," Wendorf said. "That money is being proposed to be used to fix the Zimber Ditch and to improve the roadways at Everhard and Whipple avenues. Those are important things that need improvement, but that money is taken from the school district for the next ten years amounting to $2.5 million. We just think money from the county should be used for those improvements."

Wendorf and the board stated in the letter it believes "Other methods of funding should be used for county projects and local school funding should be used for school projects."

OTHER ACTIONS:

- The board elected Bruce Hunt as President Pro Tem during the annual organizational meeting set for 6 p.m. Jan. 11 with the regular board meeting immediately following.

- Approved a long list of non-renewal supplemental contracts including a number of fall sports coaches and assistant coaches, volunteer assistants and other for cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, boys and girls soccer, girls tennis and volleyball.

- Authorized an out-of-state conference for Elizabeth Geckler, gifted intervention specialist, to attend "Disney’s Dare to Dream" national service learning conference in Anaheim, Cali., in March with no cost to the board except for substitute teacher costs.

- Approved a field trip for Tom Wilson and Tim McCarty, video production teachers; Dan Garfield, broadcast journalism teacher; and Hoover High School students to Columbus to participate in the Ohio Education Technology Conference in February. Most of the costs will be paid by Student Video News, Ohio Education Technology Conference and Career Tech funds.

- Authorized Lindsey Johnson, Spanish teacher, to plan an educational tour with a reputable travel company for students and adult chaperones to travel to Costa Rica in June, 2018.

- Authorized Sarah Covington, biology teacher; Steve Wood, chemistry teacher; Rick Morrison, retired teacher; and 12 Hoover High School students to travel to Andros Island, Bahamas, for the annual Marine Biology field experience in March.

- Approved a contracted agreement with Cross Thread Solutions to provide translation and interpretive services at $45 an hour plus mileage reimbursement and tolls and parking fees if incurred.

- Approved the Stark County Educational Service Center (SCESC) Service Contract for the 2016-17 school year.

- Accepted gifts and donations from the North Canton Sideliners as follows: $2,000 to Academic Challenge, $3,000 to Summa Celebration, $3,600 to Drama Club and $1,200 Vocal Music Department.

- Accepted a donation of an upright piano from Patrick and Teresa Nelson for use in the Hoover High School.

- Accepted a $2,500 donation from The Williams Company for the Hoover High School robotics team.

- Accepted a donation of $150,000 from The Hoover Foundation for Stage 1 upgrades to Hoover Hall of the Performing Arts.

UP NEXT: The next regular meeting will be 6:00 p.m., Jan. 11 in the media room at Hoover High School. The annual organizational meeting will be held first immediately followed by the regular meeting.