Despite being defeated in the November general election, the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District decided Jan. 10 to place its renewal tax levy back on the ballot this coming May.

The board of education approved a resolution to place a 9.2-mill renewal tax levy on the May 3 election ballot. However, board member Vince Nay voted against placing the measure on the ballot.

The levy generates approximately $625,000 annually for the district.

In other business from the board of education meeting last Monday:

* Steven Brode was elected president of the board of education and Arlene Mayhew was elected vice president.

* The board of education meetings will remain on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the high school conference room.

* Vince Nay was approved as the Ohio School Board Association legislative liaison for 2011 and Tammy Rexroad will serve as the Ohio School Board Association student achievement liaison for the calendar year.

* The committees for the Newcomerstown board of education will remain the same as last year. However, one new committee was added. The Evaluation Committee was established, and will be used to evaluate the treasurer and superintendent in the district. Board members Nay and Brode will serve on the committee.

* Mileage reimbursement rate was changed to $.51 per mile per IRS guidelines, effective Jan. 1.

* Substitute hourly rate increased to $7.40 per hour, effective Jan. 1.

* Approved the 2011-2012 school calendar which begins Monday, Aug. 22 for teachers and Wednesday, Aug. 24 for students. There is a three-day Thanksgiving break, an eight-day winter break, and a five-day spring break. The last teacher work day is Thursday, May 31.

* The cash activity statement for the Vernon and Edith Lee Fund for the period Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010, was approved. It reflects a market value of the fund at $3,006.68.

* James R. Russell was re-appointed to a new seven-year term as a member of the Newcomerstown Public Library Board for the term of Jan. 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2017.

* Brode was approved as a representative to the Buckeye Career Center Board of Education for two years.

* The board also approved the second reading of board policies.

The board will meet again Monday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in the high school conference room.