CM teachers lend support

By Gary Huffenberger -

ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Teachers turned out for Monday night’s school board session to show their support for the Clinton-Massie property tax levy that will appear on the November ballot.

Those teachers who attended the board of education meeting held a standing ovation after Rachel Cornett, who is the president of the Clinton-Massie Educators Association — the local teachers union — spoke in favor of the 5.8-mills fixed-sum levy.

Clinton-Massie teachers are in a position to see whether there is a need for the levy, Cornett said. She referred to attrition where retiring teachers have not been replaced to save money.

Cornett also recommended people ask elementary staff about increased class sizes.

She said although levy supporters want to keep their message positive, it’s important to realize there will be “deep cuts” if the levy doesn’t pass.

She noted that an administrative update assembled by the superintendent, which was available at Monday’s meeting, states, “As it stands with no levies Clinton-Massie Local Schools District would be in Fiscal Caution by end of FY18 [fiscal year 2018] and Fiscal Watch by end of year FY20.”

The teaching staff supports the levy, the current administration, and the board of education, said Cornett.

The meeting was held in the high school auditeria to provide more space due to the teacher turnout.

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By Gary Huffenberger