District saves on debt settlement

By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com

HUBER HEIGHTS — At their meeting April 14, the Huber Heights Board of Education heard from the district treasurer about a reduction in millage for the school construction bond issue.

The board voted on a fund to fund transfer of $3 million from the Ohio School Facilities fund to the bond retirement fund, which goes toward paying down the debt on the district’s new school buildings.

“We actually settled on that yesterday and we were able to save $11 million,” Treasurer Gine Helmick said of the construction debt. “Our initial estimates were at $9.7 million.”

According to Helmick, this will result in a reduction of millage for the taxpayers of about 0.81 mills. The $166 million project resulted in the construction of all new buildings for the district.

The board also approved several curriculum purchases, including textbooks for high school biology, college prep algebra and trigonometry, as well as American history and government.

“We needed an update in those textbooks,” Assistant Superintendent Shelley Hildebrand said.

Board members asked why the administrations decided on hardcover books instead of opting for a fully online curriculum.

Hildebrand explained that there are families in the district with no or limited access to the internet. There will be some online access options available to those who are interested, she added.

At the meeting, the board honored several student organizations, including the 2016 State Champion men’s bowling team.

The board also congratulated the Wayne High School Business Professionals of America members, and students Kaela Johnson and Kelsey Hammond.

The board also honored custodian Bill Sanders for his nomination for the Cintas Janitor of the Year Award. Sanders is up for a $5,000 cash prize and a $5,000 prize for the schools. He was nominated by the teachers of Wright Brothers Elementary for going above and beyond for the staff and students.

“We’re very proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff,” Superintendent Susan Gunnell said.


By Cecilia Fox