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Brunswick schools emergency levy moves closer to fall ballot


BRUNSWICK –– The Brunswick school board took the next step Monday regarding the new emergency tax levy planned for the November ballot.

If passed, the levy will generate an additional $6.1 million annually for the district and will help fund general operations within the district.

The topic of the emergency tax levy first came up in July. Then, the board voted to have it submitted to the county auditor so that a millage could be determined. At Monday’s meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve a motion to take the levy to voters.

“5.5 is likely the maximum,” Treasurer Mark Pepera said. “It’s likely that it will be something slightly less than 5.5.”

It is expected to cost property owners roughly $16 a month per $100,000 in valuation. The auditor will release the firm millage at a later date.

“This is the second action that we have taken. This will actually place the issue on the ballot in November,” Pepera said.

“This is an emergency levy that will help sustain our operations for at least the next four or five years.”

In other news

  • The board unanimously approved a motion accepting Superintendent Mike Mayell’s resignation.
    Earlier this year, Mayell announced to the board that he wished to retire but the board had asked him to stay in the position until the new middle school was completed.
    It accepted a motion to rehire him, but it never approved his resignation when he announced that he would be retiring.
    “The board took action a number of months ago to rehire the superintendent,” Pepera said.
    What we didn’t do at that point was accept his resignation so we’re just getting our ducks in a row.”
    Kathy Verhest has stepping in as interim superintendent, effective Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, the 60-day window between Mayell’s retirement and when the district can rehire him.
    Verhest is the district’s technology director. Previously, she was a principal in the district.
  • The board also approved a motion to purchase another property to use in the construction of the new middle school.|
    The cost of the property for the district is $165,000 and is located at 1442 Princeton Drive.
    It is one of the properties that will house the new football stadium at the new middle school.
Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or
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