Bettsville OKs grant process with Old Fort

Bettsville School District took another step Wednesday evening in the process of becoming Old Fort School District’s Bettsville campus.
During a special meeting Wednesday, the board approved a resolution to fully participate in any and all Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF) grant applications to share services between Old Fort and Bettsville, said Bettsville Board of Education President Michelle Davis.
According to the Ohio Development Services Agency website, the Local Government Innovation Fund offers communities “financial assistance to create more efficient and effective service delivery.” In addition, projects are “expected to facilitate improved business environments and promote community attraction with their plan for efficiency, collaboration, or shared services.”
Communities receiving LGIF monies will be able to save money and provide “more effective services to their constituents with assistance from this program,” the website states.
The district took its first step in the process of joining Old Fort Jan. 30 during a community forum at Bettsville School.
A consensus vote of the more than 200 people showed their support for the move.
By transferring territory to Old Fort, Bettsville would become a part of the Old Fort School District; however, the Bettsville building would still be utilized as a K-6 school. As a result, the school district would become Old Fort, dissolving the Bettsville BOE.
In other business, the board passed a resolution to non-renew the contract for Treasurer Roger Luhring, who was placed on administrative earlier this month. Davis said Luhring’s contract is set to expire July 31, 2015 and it would automatically renew if the board did not vote otherwise.
The board also approved a resolution allowing interim treasurer Jaime Pearson to “make payment in lieu of insurance to employees deemed eligible to receive it,” Davis said.
The resolution pertains to all employees with the exception of Luhring.

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