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Cleve Hill School Board looks to fund interpreters in budget

The Cleveland Hill School District expects all the same programs and staffing next year – but the School Board wants to set aside $10,000 to the proposed budget to pay for interpreters.

“Today alone we had four students come to register who do not speak English at all,” Dennis Corsaro, business manager for Cleveland Hill said Wednesday. The students came from Turkey. That was the third time this year the district has needed interpretation services. “When that kind of thing happens, we have to provide the interpreter.”

The board has proposed a budget total of $31,413,318 for 2016-2017. That’s an increase of 1.24 percent from last year. The allowable tax levy cap is 0.12 percent.

They anticipate all the same program and staffing levels.

Also at the meeting Wednesday, Charles Bastian, president of Bernard P. Donegan Inc., presented a draft run of a $9.7 million capital improvement project. Bastian helped the district determine how they would finance it.

“These are items that were identified in the Building Conditions Survey that are in critical need of capital investment,” said Jon MacSwan, Cleve-Hill’s superintendent. Projects include renovations of rooftops, HVACs and athletic facilities – including the football field.

There would be a vote in December if the board decides to go forward.