Tim Rettig, Superintendent

Trettig@woodmoreschools.com

419-862-1060 ext. 1010


Permanent Improvement Needs Worksheet (Click here)
Watch the process happen!
*Note: this is a living worksheet these numbers can and will change 
as we get updated quotes and work through our priorities.  

Superintendent Message

Is it possible that Spring is looking like it might arrive?  It has definitely arrived at Woodmore from the Senior class trip, to Prom, to state testing, to track, to baseball, to softball, to Teacher Appreciation Night, to so many other activities that go along with spring; “Our Kids” and I’m sure parents are as busy as ever.  

One of the major happenings this spring is the Renewal of the Permanent Improvement Levy.  We had a Financial Forum Tuesday; unfortunately, it was not well attended. We have another Financial Forum Thursday, April 26th @ 6:00 PM at Woodmore High School. If you have questions about the Permanent Improvement Fund Levy or any of our district finances please attend.  We are willing to answer any questions you have at that forum. Below are some questions we have been hearing with regard to the Permanent Improvement Fund.



Where can we find information about this Renewal Levy?  One of the best places to find information is on our Website.  http://www.woodmoreschools.com/  

Currently, on our main webpage we have a Permanent Improvement RENEWAL Levy Fact Sheet and our Permanent Improvement Needs Worksheet.  The needs worksheet is a living document which as we firm up numbers you can watch as projects are completed. We believe it is a great way for us to be transparent with our funds.  Please, if you need more information, contact either myself @ trettig@woodmoreschools.com or Dan Russomanno @ drussomanno@woodmoreschools.com  We want you to have the most accurate information, which is not always provided through other outlets.  



On the Permanent Improvement Needs Worksheet (available on our webpage) we have allocated $600,000 dollars in roofing over the next 5 years; that seems like a lot of funds? We have a roof which is almost 30 years old and there is 75,000 - 80,000 square feet of roof.  Our total cost of the roof is an estimate at this time. The number on the Needs Worksheet is an educated guess based on the opinions of experienced people and vetted by the Buildings and Grounds Committee. We won't know the total cost until we bid out all of the work. We are still determining whether the first repair needs to be competitively bid or not. We have obtained multiple quotes for the first 'phase' (around $100,000 on a smaller section of the roof) and they reinforce that the number on the spreadsheet is likely to be a reasonable estimate in the end. If this does end up costing less, it helps us with the bottom line on our spreadsheet which is in the red over the life of this levy.        


What’s going on with the Nexus Pipeline?

The NEXUS Pipeline project, when completed, may bring additional revenue to the District. Preliminary estimates were received in July of 2016. We are currently anticipating potential revenue no sooner than 2020. We have had multiple conversations with the Sandusky County Auditor and are learning throughout this process. It is our understanding that pipeline companies sometimes file tax appeals, which could change future potential revenues. With this in mind, it is our duty to serve Woodmore and “Our Kids” within known budgets, while providing a safe, stable, and innovative learning environment. We will continue to monitor progress on the pipeline and assess our budgets as information becomes available.


Permanent Improvement Renewal

As we look toward May 8th with several different emotions, we first will celebrate our teachers on May 8th. A special thank you for the community group that has led this charge.  Come out on May 8th @ 7:00 PM in the High School Gym to support our teachers who touch the lives of “Our Kids” Everyday!

Second, the subject that very few educators are excited to talk about but is so important for “Our Kids”, school funding and levies.  As I’m sure you have already heard, we have a Permanent Improvement RENEWAL Levy on May 8th. We have been receiving several questions about this levy, and we are excited to answer them.  

What will this RENEWAL cost me?

Approximately $105 per year on a $100,000 property, and because this is a renewal, your taxes should essentially remain the same as last year.  

What can Permanent Improvement funds be used for?  Anything with a 5-year life:

- Technology, Textbooks, Buses, and Buildings and Maintenance.

The PI money is NOT available to be used for salaries or benefits.

Is there a list of needs for this PI Levy?

Yes, the neat thing about technology is that we can create the worksheet as a living document.  The worksheet can and will change as we work through this project. You can monitor the projects as they happen.  The worksheet is available at:

http://www.woodmoreschools.com/board/superintendent---weekly-update

What’s going on with the Nexus Pipeline?

The NEXUS Pipeline project, when completed, may bring additional revenue to the District. Preliminary estimates were received in July of 2016. We are currently anticipating potential revenue no sooner than 2020. We have had multiple conversations with the Sandusky County Auditor and are learning throughout this process. It is our understanding that pipeline companies sometimes file tax appeals, which could change future potential revenues. With this in mind, it is my duty to serve Woodmore and “Our Kids” within known budgets, while providing a safe, stable, and innovative learning environment. We will continue to monitor progress on the pipeline and assess our budgets as information becomes available.

We hope if you have any questions, you will please contact me at Trettig@woodmoreschools.com or 419-862-1060 ext. 1010.


Tim Rettig “Our Kids” Everyday! Go Cats!


While we focus on “Our Kids”  every day, we extend our efforts to Our Schools, Our Community, and Our Future. The teamwork mindset which is part of our daily practice allows us to accomplish almost anything.  On May 8th the community will be asked to renew the District’s Permanent Improvement Levy. This 3 mil Levy provides approximately $420,000 annually in funds for the District. These funds have a restricted use and may be utilized for improvements with at least a 5-year life span.  

Throughout the years, the PI fund has been critical in the development of our District.  Most recently the District was able to complete $1.6 million in necessary upgrades to our HVAC systems and controls at our high school, with the help of the PI fund.  The PI fund has also helped build technology infrastructure throughout the district, firmed up security and safety measures for “Our Kids” in our buses and in our buildings, and supplemented the General Fund in providing textbooks and computers for our classrooms.  We have purchased 7 buses over the last 8 years and plan to continue to provide reliable and safe transportation for “Our Kids”.

We recognize the importance of regular care, upkeep, and preventative maintenance of our buildings.  As such, we have mapped out our future maintenance and buildings’ needs within our remaining Permanent Improvement Funds and are looking toward the future.  As we continue to assess our needs and align our budget to provide the best services in a safe environment for our students, should you have any questions about our Permanent Improvement Funds, please contact Tim Rettig and join us at our upcoming events presented by Treasurer, Dan Russomanno and myself.  

Financial Forums:


  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM @ Woodmore Elementary Cafetorium

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00 PM @ Woodmore High School Library


Thank You, for your continued confidence in our District.

Tim Rettig “Our Kids” Everyday! Go Cats!


Permanent Improvement Renewal

On another note, spring will soon be upon us and with spring comes election time.  Woodmore Local Schools has placed a renewal on the ballot for May 8. Woodmore has been working to align the district’s expenditures and save funds, but these renewals support the facilities and services we provide for “Our Kids.”  The ballot issue that is up for renewal on May 8th is for permanent improvement items - buses, buildings, books, technology, structural improvements - essentially, anything with a five-year life.

Our high school is a solid building, but it was built in 1991 and is 26 years old and simply needs continual maintenance just like any house would.  The funds from this levy have supported our replacement of the heating and cooling system in the high school, bus purchases, gym improvement, painting, equipment upgrades, furniture purchases and many other of these types of projects already; however, we believe it is important to continue keeping our “house” updated and in order.  To continue the  positive services and environment we provide for “Our Kids” everyday.

"Our Kids" Safety

I, just as I’m sure all of you, have been deeply troubled by the latest school violence from Parkland, Florida, to even as local as the Toledo area.  We at Woodmore want you to know we place first the safety of “Our Kids.”  We review safety plans, we work with local emergency agencies, we have done tabletop drills with local first responders, law enforcement is in and out of our buildings often--we are working with these agencies to devise next steps to protect “Our Kids”. We utilize ALICE Training with staff and students. This is training in case we have an active shooter situation. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evade.  We keep striving to improve our safety and connect with kids on a regular basis to keep “Our Kids” safe.

There’s an old adage that says “It takes a village to raise a child” or in our case, two villages. Keeping “Our Kids” safe is a community effort. I’m sure many of you are asking, how can we help?  I believe strongly in the following two ways to help.  First, if you see or hear something, Speak up! If you hear or see odd behavior, overhear threats, or just get that feeling that something isn’t right, contact police and/or school officials.  It’s better to report something, check into it, and find out it’s nothing rather than to know something, not share, and something horrific happens. Second, connect with kids. I believe this is the most underestimated part of keeping “Our Kids” safe.  Any positive connection you can make allows “Our Kids” another outlet and resource for the trials and tribulations of growing up.  This is integral to making learning happen as well as keeping “Our Kids” safe. By allowing kids to communicate their negative thoughts to adults, we are able to Speak up to get “Our Kids” the help they need.  Thank you for your continued support of “Our Kids.”

Tim Rettig  

“Our Kids”

Go Cats!


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