MONTGOMERY — The Barr-Reeve School Board took the next step in getting a referendum question put on the May primary ballot Tuesday night.
The board unanimously approved a resolution on the referendum that will levy up to 25 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation. The new referendum, should it pass, would replace the referendum that was put in place in 2013 and this time, the school corporation is asking for 10 cents less.
Barr-Reeve Superintendent Dr. Travis Madison said the corporation’s referendum question which reads,”For the eight (8) calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall Barr-Reeve Community Schools, Inc. impose a property tax rate that does not exceed twenty-five cents ($0.25) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property taxes imposed by the school corporation for the purpose of replacing the expiring referendum tax levy with a replacement referendum tax levy that will provide continued funding for small class sizes, athletics and extra-curricular programs, elementary music/physical education programs, and school safety/mental health resources?” has been pre-approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government and Finance.
“The process officially starts with this resolution that I’ll send off to the DLGF tonight. They then have 10 days to approve or reject our question,” said Madison. “After it’s approved, I’ll take a copy down to the county clerk’s office and the county council. The county election board will then have to adopt a resolution to put the question on the ballot.”
Madison said more public information meetings will be scheduled leading up to the May 5 primary.
“We have a frequently asked questions section on our website now where people can go to learn more about the referendum too,” said Madison, adding he is also available to meet with groups wanting to learn more about the referendum.
In other business, Marvin Knepp was approved to drive bus 11 for the remainder of the school year. Justin Seal will move into the transportation manager until May when Madison said things will be re-evaluated.
Jerry Harrison was approved as a Quiz Bowl volunteer sponsor and a maternity leave for Brooke Stuckey was also approved.
Spring coaching rosters were announced.
The baseball program will be led by Trevor McConnell. Josh Swartzentruber will be the junior varsity coach and Nathan Lester will be the high school assistant. Volunteer assistants for the program will be Joe Rademacher, Kraig Knepp, Ryan Graber, James Hester, Jim Riggins, Beau Sluder and Joe Cummings. Junior high baseball will be led by Chris Winkler.
Mike Jones was named the varsity softball coach. Skylar Chestnut will serve as JV coach, and Dave Kavanaugh, Ryan Knepp, Corry Corbin, Michelle Davis and Kendra Yoder will be volunteer coaches. Kevin Fuhrman will head the junior high softball team with Josh Huff as assistant. Volunteers for that program will be Tony Graber, Ryan Wirtz and Steve Wilson.
Girls varsity tennis will be coached by Bret Graber. Assisting him will be Cory Rayhill and volunteers Leah Bullock, Jordan Guinn, Brock Higgins, Gage Knies and Natalie Schultheis. Tim Swartzebtruber coach the junior high program and Justin Seal will serve as assistant.
Matt Anderson will lead the boys golf program with Joe Robinson as assistant.
Varsity boys track will see Susie Graber as head coach with Carrie Heller as assistant. Jodi Knepp will lead the girls program and will be assisted by Suzanne Ballengee and volunteers Chloe Knepp, Natalie Graber and Kevin Heller. Susie Graber will also coach the junior high boys program and Jodi Knepp will lead the junior high girls.
The next school board meeting will be held March 10 at 6 p.m.