Village a no-show
By Dean Shipley
The Madison-Plains School District’s superintendent was there.
So was its treasurer.
Also, three board of education members attended, as did members of the Madison-Plains Advisory committee and its public relations person.
But where were the residents of Mt. Sterling Wednesday evening?
Advisory board member Bob Butz may not have been literally scratching his head over the lack of attendance but he did wonder where people were.
Board member Ken Morlock wondered the same thing.
“I’m surprised,” he said. “I thought people would have been here to put in their two cents worth.”
Literally, nobody showed up.
The 13 people who were in the “cavernous” gym of the Mt. Sterling Community Center were all part of the program, from Bernie Hall, superintendent, Tim Dettwiller, treasurer, three BOE members, Morlock, Linda Baumgartner and Don Swonger, public relations specialist, Michelle Vroom and the advisory board.
The advisory board wants more than villagers two cents. It wants villagers to understand why the BOE is asking for yes votes on May 7 for the proposed 2.5 mill permanent improvement levy.
Instead, the committee spent the time plotting its next move and listening to Dettwiller’s explanation of how CAUV and residential property taxes have fluctuated, but still contribute the same number of dollars to schools.
The next meeting will be held April 8 in the Fairfield Township Building.