Rocket Report

May 7, 2018

Benton-Caroll-Salem Voters Face Two Issues on May 8, 2018

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education voted unanimously at a February 5th Special Meeting to ask voters to pass two separate tax issues on the May 8th ballot to raise new revenues that will secure the future for B-C-S students.

There are two (2) separate levy issues on the May 8th ballot for operating expenses. The facts of our revenue losses are twofold: First, there is a $4.6 Million loss due to the devaluation of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, which went into effect in 2018. Second, there is the phase out of public utility tax reimbursement that reduces district revenue by approximately $300,000 per year. This phase out began in 2015 and ends in 2030. These two losses amount to 30% of our budget and make these levies a necessity to stabilize our financial future. The two levies combined, if passed, would generate a little more than half of our losses—approximately $3.4 Million. Below is information on the two separate levy issues facing voters on the May 8th ballot.

The first issue will be a 1% earned income tax. If passed by voters, the earned income tax would have to be paid by district residents who have “earned income.” If passed, the income tax will be for a period of 5 years, and subject to renewal. According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, the 1% earned income tax would generate approximately $1.989 Million annually to be used for operating expenses.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, "earned income" includes wages and self-employment earnings (including earnings from partnerships). "Earned income" doesnot include interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, social security income, rental income, lottery winnings, and income earned by estates.

The second issue is a 3.89 mill property tax to be paid by all property owners for a period of 5 years, and subject to renewal. If passed, the property tax would cost an additional $136 per $100,000 of value for each parcel of property annually. This property tax issue would generate approximately $1.4 Million per year for the district to be used for operating expenses.

Largest Loss in Ohio School Funding History

At an October 2017 meeting at the Statehouse hosted by Senator Randy Gardner, he asked a room full of experts on school funding if any other district lost the magnitude of money that B-C-S is losing. After reflection, no one could think of another district that lost the proportion of funds we are losing. The loss is simply unprecedented in Ohio.

Is the state providing any help?

Maybe, but it is not known for sure yet. Any help would first have to be approved by the Ohio General Assembly. We are currently working closely with Rep. Steve Arndt and Sen. Randy Gardner on this issue. Even if there is some state help, it will only be for a short period of time and cover only a small portion of what is being lost overall. We have been told by Rep. Arndt and Sen. Gardner that we will know more about state help this spring.

Your Current Taxes

Residents of Benton-Carroll-Salem School District currently pay the 17thlowest property taxes out of 612 school districts in Ohio. Our low property taxes have been due to the property values at Davis-Besse. B-C-S has not had any new levies since 2000.

Staying Fiscally Conservative

Payroll expenses in 2018 are the same as they were in 2012. The Board has taken the position that it evaluates every vacancy that comes open due to retirement or resignation, and makes a decision on replacing the position. In the summer of 2017 alone, the Board reduced teaching positions, a maintenance position, and a bus mechanic position for a savings of $406,000. These efficiency measures will continue, but the magnitude of the $6 Million annual loss of revenue means that the school district simply cannot cut its way out of the situation without drastically reducing educational opportunities for students. The school board is always looking for ways to maintain fiscal conservativeness for our voters, and not just when money is needed.


Tune in every Monday for #MakeADifferenceMonday where we will feature a stakeholder, student, or fellow alumni answering "Five questions for B-C-S"

For the next 3 weeks we will feature one of our graduating seniors from the Class of 2018!

This week B-C-S is featuring, Senior, Rachel Rayburn!

1. Please tell the B-C-S Community a little about yourself.

  • I'm a senior at Oak Harbor and enjoy being involved in both my school and my community. Being elected president of Student Council this year provided me with many opportunities to reach out to the community, such as playing bingo at Riverview once a month. Inside of school, I participated in Volleyball, Science Club, multiple school musicals, National Honors Society, and DECA.

2. What are your career plans and goals and how do you plan to achieve them?

  • After high school, I plan on attending Bowling Green State University in the fall. Deciding my on my major was a difficult task considering I changed my mind just about every week. However, I've decided to pursue my pilot’s license in hopes of a satisfying and entertaining career. I will be majoring in Flight Technology & Operations, so long as I do not change my mind once more. I plan on achieving this career goal by maintaining the same hard work ethic I had throughout high school.

3. What is your favorite high school memory?

  • My favorite high school memory is not just one, but many. I loved being able to support my fellow classmates by watching them showcase their individual talents. Whether that be performing on a stage or competing on a court. The times I enjoyed the most were dressing up with my fellow students for the specific theme each game and cheering on our Rocket athletes. It was so amazing to be a part of the student body coming together to support one another.

4. What is the best advice you could give to underclassman?

  • I know it's cliché and underclassmen hear it all the time, but cherish every moment of high school you have left. Get involved in every possible thing you can. Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself or to try something you'd never have imagined yourself doing. Make all the memories you can because before you know it, high school will be over. And all you'll have left to hold onto are those memories.

5. What’s on your bucket list this summer?

  • My bucket list for this summer is all about adventure. I'd love to skydive again, maybe scuba dive in the tropics, or find a random cave to explore. My bucket list basically consists of discovering some new favorite places and activities. I also hope to create as many memories as possible with my friends before we part in the fall.


You thought you would never see it! Rivals Port Clinton and Oak Harbor High School coaches unite to battle the ABC 13 on-air personalities in a basketball match up of epic proportions.

This All-Star Charity Basketball game will take place on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 PM at Oak Harbor High School Gym (The Launch Pad). Admission is $5, and all profits will benefit the TNT Mentoring Program in Ottawa County,

We are pleased to announce our All-Star United Redskin--Rocket Roster below. Oak Harbor High School will be the place to be on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 PM.

Kevin Belden

Von Graffin

Greg Grime

Lucas Kennedy

Bob Polachek

Matt Schlumbohm

Eric Sweet

Chad Hanely

Eric Dusseau

Megan McGuire

Andy Ramsey

Kyle O'Neil

Tony Stewart

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Tune in every week for Levy Facts!

From Time to Time the District will put out facts about the two ballot issues before voters on May 8 called "Levy Facts." Check for more information about the levies or call the Board Office with questions (419) 898-6210.

Fate of Davis-Besse nuclear plant looms over Oak Harbor

There is still time to vote early! Stop by the Ottawa County Board of Elections office located at 8444 West SR 163 in Oak Harbor (just west of the county fairground). Voters can show up in person at their office Monday, May 7, from 8 am - 2 pm.

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What's Going On At RC Waters Elementary?

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Third grade students earned a swim day reward party for doing their best on the test!


A big THANK YOU to our retiring TIE officers. We could not do what we do without your support. You are amazing! Thanks for your time & energy. We will miss you!
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This week at RC Waters!

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The 4H extension office sponsored a tractor pull for Second grade while teaching the concepts of force and motion. Each student completed a "full pull".

What's Going On At Oak Harbor Middle School?

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Final Regular Season Track Meet Results:

Both the boy's and girl's track teams finished their regular season on a high note, beating Vermillion, Calvert and New Riegel. The Rockets were led by Rylee McKitrick, Ashley Schiller, Lily Detray, Emily Sommers, Adrienne Schiets, Kaitlyn Risch, Hayden Buhro, Justin Smith, Zach Clune, Gabe Natsheh, and Kayden Kralik.

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Thank-you Coach Hawn, Coach Buckman, Coach Branum, and Coach Wojtowicz for all the hard work and time that you put into making the JH Track and Field programs a more competitive and fun place to be.

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  • Cheerleading and Mascot Try-outs for grades 7-12 (not for pee wee teams) are coming up. Please grab an information sheet from the office regarding clinic dates and times and try-out date.

  • Attention 4th and 5th grade girls/boys interested in pee-wee try-outs for 2018-19: There will be 3 clinics on May 15th-18th. If interested, please go to Ms. Zanni’s room for a flyer and a packet with more information.

  • Please note…as of May 8th there will be no more charging lunches in the cafeteria. All students who owe money should take care of this prior to the end of the school year. Thank you!

  • Please return Life-Touch pictures and/or money to the office. Thank you. You are not allowed to keep any of the pictures without payment. You may purchase some or all of the photos but again, please return any unpurchased. Thank you!

  • Yearbook orders are due back by May 18th!


Follow Oak Harbor High School on Twitter to keep up with what's going on!


OHHS Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, May 11th! We hope to see you there!

May 11th at 12:40 at the Oak Harbor High School auditorium

Includes: skits, dance, singing, and rapping

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This week at OHHS!


  • 1600 and 800 meter SBC Champion Logan Wagner. Great Job!!
  • Amelia Mizelle 2nd in the 100 hurdles JH SBC’s. Great Job!!!
  • Isiah Miller 100 Meter JH SBC CHAMPION!!!!
  • 4x200 Relay SBC Champions!!! Emily Summers, Lily Detray, Ryann Steinbrick, Ally Garner
  • An incredible 1-2 punch in the mile. TJ Hallet and Cade Peterson. SBC CHAMPION and RUNNER-UP!!!
  • Runner-up at the Oak Harbor Invitational. Way to finish up the early season! Next stop-SBC’s!!!
  • What a performance by the 4x4. With the meet on he line, they outran the competition to be 4x400 Champions!!! Great job Josh Collins, Ben Sage, Elijah Ibarra, TJ Hallett
  • SBC and SCHOOL Record 4x100 Relay. 42.96!!!! Ripley ST Clair, Amelia Mizelle, Ally Garner, Hannah Schulte. Awesome job ladies!!!
  • Varsity baseball travels to Willard tonight and defeats the Flashes 5-0. Senior Aric McAtee led the way for the Rockets on the mound with 14 strikeouts! Good win OH!!
  • Thanks to all the @OHAthBooster club and the countless volunteers that helped at tonight's 35th Annual Oak Harbor Track Invitational. It turned out to be a beautiful and very competitive night at Rocket Stadium!
  • The Rockets blank Willard in both games! Varsity, 20-5 (11-0 SBC), wins on the road 5-0 & JV, 11-6 (7-2 SBC), wins at Home 18-0! Go Rockets!
  • The JV Baseball defeats Willard 11-0. Congrats goes out to Justin Meloche on hitting his first high school home run.
  • Boys Tennis defeats St Mary tonight 3-2. Good match Rockets!
  • Boys Tennis beats Rossford at home, 5-0. Way to play Rockets!
  • Tonight at Oak Harbor the Rocket JV Baseball team falls to Fremont Ross by the final score of 12-2
  • The Rockets won Back to Back outright SBC Titles with a 13-0 win over PC on Senior Night! Thank you to all that made this night special! The JV get back on track with a 13-3 win at PC! Varsity is now 19-5 (10-0 SBC)! Go Rockets!
  • Ottawa County meet record 4x200 Relay. Great job men!!! Riechman, Barton, Buderer, and Duty
  • Great job Guys!!! 2018 Ottawa County Champions!
  • Peyton Bloomer is now an Ottawa County Championship record holder in the 5’ 3”. Nice picture!!!
  • On senior night at Oak Harbor the Lady Rockets defeats the Port Clinton 13-0. Nice job ladies
  • Ottawa County Record 4x400 Relay. Nice job Elaina, Cora, Abby, and Abby
  • Final baseball score from Oak Harbor. Port Clinton 5 and Oak Harbor 0
  • The Rockets clinch a share of the SBC Bay Division Title with a 9-6 win at Margaretta! Great job Rockets! Record is now 18-5 (9-0 SBC)! JV falls 19-9. Go Rockets!


A BIG thanks to the Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters and everyone who helped making this timing board happen. Walking through the stands and watching the anticipation from parents and kids as their names appeared was pretty awesome!!! Thank you!!!



WEEK OF 05/07/2018

Monday, May 7

4:00 PM A MS ~ Track - Ottawa County Meet - @ Danbury

Tuesday, May 8

4:00 PM A HS ~ Track - SBC Prelims - Away @ Huron

4:00 PM H HS ~ Boys Tennis - SMCC - Home

4:45 PM A HS ~ JV Baseball - Edison - Away

4:45 PM H HS ~ Varsity Baseball - Edison - Home

4:45 PM A HS ~ JV Softball - Edison - Away

4:45 PM H HS ~ Varsity Softball - Edison - Home

Thursday, May 10

HS ~ Boys Tennis - Sectionals - @ Port Clinton

4:45 PM A HS ~ JV Softball - Clyde - Away

6:30 PM HS ~ Honors Banquest 11th & 12th grade

Friday, May 11

RC Waters ~ Kdg. Field Trip

4:00 PM A HS ~ Track - SBC Finals - Away @ Bellevue

4:45 PM A HS ~ Varsity Baseball - Danbury - Away

7:30 PM 13abc All Stars Charity Basketball Game @ High School

Sunday, May 13

3:00 PM HS ~ Spring Pops Choir Concert

7:00 PM HS ~ Spring Band Concert - Grades

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About Us

The school district was founded on July 1, 1967 due to the consolidation of the Benton Township School District, the Carroll Township School District, and the Salem-Oak Harbor School District.Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District, home of the Oak Harbor Rockets, serves 1700 students on three campuses: R.C. Waters Elementary School (Grades K--3), Oak Harbor Middle School (Grades 4--7), and Oak Harbor High School (Grades 8--12). The district is committed to serving the needs of all students to prepare them for the challenges of citizenship, the workforce, and life long learning.