Barb Vorhees and Bill Sell
Barb Vorhees and Bill Sell

(2-4-20) The Celina Kiwanis hosted Celina Board members, Barb Vorhees and Bill Sell, who discussed the upcoming Celina District Levy. The Board proposes a PK–4 addition to the current 5–6 building and a new 7–12 building with an auditorium. There will be two gyms per building. The 1998 science and media addition to the high school will house Head Start and the central office. The transportation office and bus garage will move into the 1984 Tri Star addition. Benefits of this proposal include ADA accessibility, adequate space for PE and evening practices, improved heating efficiency, and the latest safety features for the security of students, staff, and visitors. Both buildings will have storm shelters, important in an area that has experienced several tornadoes in the last few years. The Board feels this is a good time to propose a levy. The state has agreed to share 44 percent of the cost, the economy is strong and 3 mills will come off the books in 2020. At 42.85 mills, Celina’s rate of taxation trails behind Coldwater’s (51.78 mills), Van Wert’s (52.30 mills), and St Marys’ (56.77 mills). For more information about the levy, go http://www.bulldoglevy.com.

In club business, members voted to donate to Our Home’s Empty Bowls campaign. New member Vaughn Ray is researching the possibility of starting a Key Club at Celina High School. Lori Vian, Karen Perts, and Dale Hart sold 50/50 tickets at a recent Overdrive event. The club’s profit from the drawing will go to their scholarship fund. Members sold gas card chances. Beginning in February, the club will draw two winners per month for the next year. Hans Rehrmann, who posts the club’s online newsletter, created a new website for the Celina Club. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Celina, like them on Facebook or find them at https://k16309.site.kiwanis.org/.