MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education met in special session Friday to continue discussions regarding Knox County Educational Service charges and bills for the services it provides to MVCSD, the pros and cons of doing a community perception survey and the advisability of commissioning a facilities study.
The board carefully reviewed the costs of using ESC services, which for the most part are related to special education. Superintendent Steve Short explained that Mount Vernon schools’ costs would be much higher if the district did not work with the ESC. He said the ESC helps the district meet its individual education plan requirements. Costs savings are realized in certain areas because of shared services.
Short said if the district had to pay for the services contracted through ESC, it would cost about $700,000.
The board briefly talked about commissioning a facilities study to look at all the scenarios, building-wise, available to it, but deferred extensive discussion until the regular April meeting.
Regarding a community perception study, the board determined an independent study would be desirable in order to ensure that perceptions or subconscious bias on the board’s part do not skew the survey results. The board then voted to proceed with a professional survey group. The cost of the study will be largely, if not totally, covered by grant money. Board president Margie Bennett said the study is important because the board has pledged to meet the community’s needs.
“In order to do that,” she said, “we need to survey them and find out what they need.”
In other action the board approved:
•A body mass index screening waiver.
•Mount Vernon City’s proposal for a Tax Increment Financing for the area surrounding South Sandusky Street, with the school district to receive 100 percent of the taxes it would be due in the absence of the TIF.
•Extra service stipends for extra orchestra duties and attendance at best practice workshops.
Prior to adjournment, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel.
No further action was taken.