Board OKs Masonry Work

ST. MARYS — Members of the St. Marys Board of Education met Wednesday and unanimously voted for the preparation and submission of a bid package that will ultimately determine which company will complete the masonry work on the outside brick facade of the high school and middle school building. 

The ads for these bids will be placed on or around Nov. 19 and bids will be received at 1 p.m. Dec. 17 at the District Service Center.

“There’s a certain chemical, they supposedly put in the split face that was some sort of water repellent,” St. Marys Superintendent Shawn Brown said. “Well, it’s not working.”

Efflorescence is causing staining on some of the walls at the school. The masonry work should serve to remedy this issue. During the October board of education meeting, Vice President Ralph Wiley revealed there could be possible litigation regarding the issue that could lead to the district possible recouping its costs for the repairs.

Board members also approved a resolution deeming it necessary to place a combination earned income tax and property tax levy on the ballot. The board plans to seek voter approval for a 1 percent earned income tax paired with  a 5-mill levy in May. During previous meetings, board members seemed to favor the hybrid levy because it allowed the tax burden to be broken up between property owners and those with earned incomes. The levy would not apply to Social Security or pensions — just earned income.

“We’ve now given Tom Sommers permission to go to the county auditor and to go to the state auditor for the income tax to tell them what we want to generate dollar-wise,” Brown said. “She will tell us how many mills it will take to generate that amount of money. It’s a tax on their property.”

The money coming in from this tax will go to fund expenses needed to operate the school.

“The state never gives you everything you want,” Brown said.

Once the necessary information is returned to the district, board members would then vote on a resolution during their December meeting to proceed with plans to place the levy on the May ballot. All the necessary paperwork is due by Jan. 25.

The next meeting of the St. Marys Board of Education is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.