Rocket Report

May 6, 2019

B-C-S Voters to decide Three Issues - Election Day is Tuesday, May 7th!


On May 7, 2019, Benton-Carroll-Salem citizens will have the vote on three different issues:

1) RENEWAL LEVY: 3.9 Mills for Operating Expenses. NO NEW TAXES

2) RENEWAL LEVY: 1.2 Mills for Permanent Improvement Expenses. NO NEW TAXES

3) NEW: 1% Earned Income Tax Levy

If passed, the 1% earned income tax would have to be paid by all district residents who have earned income--regardless of where they work. 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 per year for the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District to be used for operating expenses.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, "earned income" only includes wages and self-employment earnings (including earnings from partnerships). "Earned income" does not include interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, social security income, rental income, lottery winnings, and income earned by estates. Therefore, these types of income are not subject to the earned income tax.

The earned income tax is collected in the same manner as the state income tax: through employer withholding, or individual quarterly estimated payments, and annual returns. Employers are required to withhold the tax and submit payments to the state under the same rules and guidelines as they currently use to withhold the state income tax. Individuals subject to the tax are required to file an annual school district income tax return.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is facing unprecedented revenue loss through no fault of its own. State officials have confirmed that the magnitude of loss faced by B-C-S has not been faced by any other school district. There are two factors that contribute to these unprecedented loses. The first financial hit is due to the recent de-valuation of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station by its owner, First Energy, through the Ohio Department of Taxation. De-valuation means that the Ohio Department of Taxation reduced the taxable value of the electric generation equipment at the plant. The de-valuation has resulted in year to date loss of $2.1 Million. A second financial hit facing the District is the phase out of public utility tangible personal property (PUTPP) reimbursement payments from the state at the rate of approximately $278,000 per year, which began in 2015; and this loss is compounding. This phase out continues each year through 2030, which is a total loss of $4.5 Million when the phase out is complete.

Over the past 7 years, the Board has prided itself on being fiscally conservative by looking at every job vacancy, and asking if staff can be more efficient and effective. The Board's fiscally conservative actions can be seen when looking at payroll expenses (which account for about 70% of the total budget). In Fiscal Year 2012, payroll was $11.5 Million. In that year, the Board made large cuts to staffing levels. As a result, in Fiscal Year 2013, payroll was $9.7 Million. Six years later, in Fiscal Year 2018, payroll expenses remain the same at $9.7 Million. This has been done while being innovative, adding services for students, and being one of the top performing school districts academically in the state. These efficiency measures will continue, but the magnitude of the annual revenue losses mean 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 always be fiscally conservative for our voters, and not just when money is needed.

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Facts about the issues on the May 7th ballot for B-C-S can be found here:

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Summer Lunch Club Returns!

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Important Dates for the Opening of the 2019-2020 School Year

Mark your calendars...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

$District Wide Fee Collection at OHHS from 9 AM until 8 PM

4th Grade Open House at OHMS from 4:30--6 PM

Thursday, August 15, 2019

$District Wide Fee Collection at OHHS from 9 AM until 8 PM

Kindergarten Open House at R.C. Waters from 4:30--6 PM

High School Open House from 6--7:30 PM

8th Grade Orientation at OHHS Auditorium at 6 PM

Monday, August 19, 2019

Teacher Work Day

R.C. Waters Elementary Open House 4:30--6 PM

Oak Harbor Middle School Open House 5--6:30 PM

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Opening Day: ALL B-C-S Staff Report to OHHS Auditorium at 8 AM

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

1st Day of School For Students


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

This will be the final week for our Make A Difference Monday Features! We would like to wish all of our graduating seniors congratulations!

This week B-C-S is featuring, Sylvia and Sophia Ferguson!

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

Sylvia: I have been dancing at my mom’s studio for 13 years (Class A Performing Arts), and along with that I am involved in music classes at the high school. I love being involved in the arts because it allows me to express myself in different ways. I love spending time with my friends and family as well.

Sophia: My twin and I have been dancing for about 13 years now at Class ‘A’ Studio of Performing Arts here in Oak Harbor. I’m involved in women’s choir, mixed choir, and music performance at the high school. I also am a pole vaulter for the Oak Harbor Track team.

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

Sylvia: I am planning on moving to California in a few months, to pursue a career in the arts. As I said before, I love dancing and I want to keep that a part of my life forever. It’s going to be hard to achieve this goal, and it’s going to take time, but I am prepared for that. I want to live my life to the fullest, and experience so many new things. I believe the choice I am making will help me do just that.

Sophia: I’m going to be attending Tiffin University this upcoming fall and I will be majoring in Forensic Psychology and minoring in Criminalistics. After I receive my Bachelor’s I will attend law school where I will further my education to eventually become an attorney and a Guardian ad litem.

3. What is your favorite high school memory?

Sylvia: My favorite high school memory... in all honesty, I don’t believe I have one. However, If I have to choose something, it would be the fun times I’ve had with my friends. There are so many different things we experience in high school, and the people we meet along the way and the bonds we form, I would say, is one of the best parts of being in high school.

Sophia: I truly don’t have a favorite high school memory, I continue to make new memories every day and I’m just grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been given and friends I’ve made through high school.

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

Sylvia: Don’t stress too much about your future. If you don’t want to go to college right away and you don’t have your mind made up, that’s okay! If you know what you want to do and you’re ready for it, that’s okay too! We have our whole lives to figure out what we are meant to do, and who we are meant to be.

Sophia: Spread positivity as much as you can. You attract the energy you give out so you will live a much healthier and happier life if you just stay positive. Also, be kind and be respectful to everyone, you never know what someone is going through and being kind could always make their day a little brighter.

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

Sylvia: After this summer I am moving away, so the main thing on my bucket list would to just spend time with people as much as I can. I want to have fun and make the best memories with my friends and family, that way I can take them along with me on my journey across the country.

Sophia: I actually don’t have a bucket list for this summer, but I just want to make more amazing memories with my friends and family.

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Coffee Connections Announced for 2019

District citizens are invited to join B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian and Treasurer Cajon Keeton to attend a district coffee. Coffees provide an informal opportunity to introduce yourself, chat, ask questions, and learn more about the B-C-S school system and where we are heading. All district citizens are invited to attend. There are no reservations needed, and there is no cost to attend.

McDonald's - May 15, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

**All subject to change if needed.

Contact the Board Office at 898-6210 if you have any questions.

Oak Harbor Fireworks Fund Reverse Raffle

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce has a history of providing quality family-friendly events to the community, and one of those events is the Oak Harbor Independence Day Celebration. To help offset the costs of this event the Oak Harbor Chamber Foundation will be holding a Reverse Raffle May 11, 2019. Just $50 gets you in the door, dinner, and a chance to win over $5,000 in cash and prizes, with a top prize of $2500.00 cash! In addition to the cash prizes, there will be several raffle items, games, and more! We are also looking for raffle items and donations, please contact the chamber at 419-898-0479 or if you are interested in purchasing a ticket or donating to the event. Proceeds from the Raffle benefit the Free Independence Day Celebration on July 3, 2019, from 5p-11p as well as other community events and activities.

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What's Going On At RC Waters Elementary?

Follow RC Waters Elementary on Twitter to keep up with what's going on!


RC Waters Elementary Kindergarten Registration and Screening

RC Waters had a successful Kindergarten Screening week! We registered and screened 92 future rockets for the class of 2032! If your child needs to register for kindergarten but did not attend kindergarten screening, please call the office at 419-898-6219.

3rd Grade learns the Importance of Soil!

Becky Simpson from the Ottawa County Soil and Water District spoke with third graders about the importance of soil. Third graders hypothesized about what was in soil & then made observations. They explored and discovered the different components of soil using scientific tools.

This week at RC Waters

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Mrs. Siloy’s class used the BeeBot and Code-a-pillar at STEM centers this week. Students programed the devices to complete mazes the students created.



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What's Going On At Oak Harbor Middle School?

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


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Outstanding Math Performances!

Congratulations to Colleen Warner & Nick Slagle!

Outstanding math performance recognized by the BCS BOE!

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Camp Michindoh!

6th graders headed to Camp Michindoh last week! What a FUN week!

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May is a VERY Busy Month at OHMS!

May is a very busy month….Here is what is on the calendar so far….(in addition to state testing dates and Camp Michindoh)

1st - 6th grade instrument fitting from 5-8 pm

(this is for next year’s 6th grade students who signed up for band)

2nd - SBC Prelims at Port Clinton beginning at 4 pm

4th - SBC at Port Clinton- Time to be announced

6th – Ottawa County Track Meet at Danbury beginning at 4 pm

7th- Tree Planting Ceremony with the Oak Harbor Tree Commision at 1 p.m.

9th- 4th grade field trip to Hayes Memorial in Fremont

10th- 4th grade Ag Day (at the high school)

14th- 6/7 Art Club Field Trip to the Art Museum and 5th grade REACH Field Trip

19th- High School Graduation at 2 pm

20th- 7th grade move-up day to the high school from 12:30-2 p.m.

21st- 4th grade ECON Fair and 3rd grade move-up day to the middle school

23rd- Middle School Field Day and Teacher Dunk Tank

24th – Rain Date for Field Day

27th- NO SCHOOL-Memorial Day

28th – 7th Grade Renaissance Fair

29th – Honor’s Breakfast (6th and 7th grade qualifying students)

29th – Cedar Point Trip for 7th Grade

30th – Talent Show

31st- Awards Day: 4th and 5th grade in the morning and 6th and 7th grade in the afternoon

31st – 5th grade goes to pool in the afternoon

31st – Last Day of School



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


9-5 Breakfast!

Congrats to this year’s 9-5 students and their significant person. (Ronald Hornyak & Dr. Hany, Devon Ontko & Mrs. Thomas, Ronnie Gonzalez & Mr. Schulte.) “Continue to believe in yourself & return the gift of caring!”
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District Highlight for the April B-C-S Board Meeting

The District Highlight for the April B-C-S Board Meeting was presented by Oak Harbor High School Students and their teacher, Mrs. Pamela Mills. They shared the experience of the “Coffee Cart Crew” with the Board and those that placed orders prior to the meeting were treated to a coffee. The Board heard about the learning experiences involved in the operation of the Coffee Cart Crew. What a great way to start a board meeting!

Miss Heart of Ohio Outstanding Teen!

The B-C-S Board was proud to hear from Shelby Leigh (OHHS 11th Gr.)Miss Heart Of Ohio Outstanding Teen! Good luck!

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This week at OHHS!

What a kick off to the OHHS choral Department’s “Greatest Show!”

Please Join Us for the Band's Final Concert for the 2018-19 School Year!

Spring Band Concert

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Come join the Oak Harbor HS 8-12 Bands for their annual Spring Concert, featuring the 8th Grade Band, HS Jazz Band & HS Concert Band! In addition, we will be welcoming special guests from the Black Swamp Pipe & Drums. The concert will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the OHHS Auditorium. Admission is free!

A variety of music will be presented, including a variety of traditional and contemporary music, jazz standards, movie soundtracks, and a number of patriotic favorites.

In addition, we will be featuring the Band Senior Class of 2019 in their final concert! This is a concert not to be missed!



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DECA National News!

Mini Awards Ceremony, we did not make finals but I am so proud of their hard work, effort, and professionalism. Thank you to Penta Career Center for allowing us to be part of this conference

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See what our Preschool Classroom is up to at North Point Educational Service Center located at Graytown!

April Showers bring May Flowers!

We are so excited that it is May because we know that April showers will bring May flowers! We recently began our ball unit of study to finish out our year. We are playing with lots of different sports balls inside and out as well as exploring what objects can and can't roll. We are working hard at mastering letter sounds and number writing as well as practicing our songs for our Moving On Up And Graduation Ceremony.


  • Congratulations to both the girls and the boy's track team who were each crowned Champions of the 108th Ottawa County Track meet. Oak Harbor also won the combined team trophy as Ottawa County Champions. Nice Job Rockets
  • A huge thank-you to all the parents that contributed and helped feed the Ottawa County Track athletes! We’re so very lucky to have your support!
  • A very fun and competitive night!!! Boys and girls win their 12th consecutive Ottawa County Total Team Championship!
  • The 2019 state qualifiers were commended at tonight’s school board meeting. From l to r: Coach Sorg, K. Fletcher, E. Druyor, C. Heintz, T. Metcalf, G. Heintz, and Dr. Parmigian. Not pictured: E. Krupp, E. Haar, T. Chovanec, A. Mizelle, & K. Blunt (all competing in sports tonight.)
  • Senior Night for Ottawa County Track Athletes. We didn’t manage a total group picture, but nearly 40 quality Senior athletes from Ottawa County. What an amazing group of soon to be graduates!!! Best of luck on all your future endeavors!
  • State swimmers receive Board of ED recognition!
  • Elayna Krupp received a commendation from Senator Theresa Gavarone for her accomplishments during the 2019 State Swimming and Diving Championships for placing 11th in the 50-yard freestyle. Congratulations, Elayna!
  • Congratulations the Varsity Baseball team who make the trip to Willard and defeated The Flashes 5-0
  • Congratulations to the Rocket Tennis Team for defeating Willard tonight at Willard by the score of 4-1. Way to go Rockets!
  • Congratulations to The Girls Track Team for winning the 2019 Oak Harbor Track and Field Invite. The boy's team finished 3rd behind Champions Eastwood and runner up Edison.
  • On May 4th, several of Ottawa Counties athletes competed in the Special Olympics. Oak Harbor graduates Jonas Hetrick & Preston Behnken are accompanied by their teammates Lance, Justin, & Mason. Great job guys! Way to represent Ottawa County! We are super proud of your dedication!

Thank You Athletic Boosters!

The new weight room equipment has been installed. A huge Thank you yo the Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters for their generous support for all of our Rocket Athletes.

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WEEK OF 05/06/2019

Monday, May 6

8:45 AN Junior Class Assembly ~ Lifetouch

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

4:00 PM A HS ~ Boys Tennis - Fremont Ross

4:45 PM H HS ~ JV Baseball - Edison

4:45 PM A HS ~ Varsity Baseball - Edison

4:45 PM H HS ~ JV Softball - Edison

4:45 PM A HS ~ Varsity Softball - Edison

Tuesday, May 7

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

4:00 PM H HS ~ Boys Tennis - SMCC

4:45 PM A HS ~ JV Baseball - Vermilion

5:00 PM H HS ~ Varsity Baseball - Vermilion

Wednesday, May 8

4:00 PM H HS ~ Boys Tennis - St. Joe

5:00 PM H HS ~ JV Baseball - Gibsonburg

6:00 PM MS ~ Art Show

Thursday, May 9

4:45 PM A HS ~ JV Baseball - Lakota

4:45 PM H HS ~ Varsity Baseball - Lakota

6:30 PM HS ~ Junior and Senior Honors Banquet

Friday, May 10

HS ~ 4th Grade Ag Day

3:00 PM A HS ~ Track - SBC Finals - @ Gibsonburg

6:00 PM A HS ~ Varsity Baseball - Toledo Christian @ Gray's Field, Vickery

Saturday, May 11

11:00 AM A HS ~ JV Softball - Vermilion

11:00 AM H HS ~ Varsity Softball - Vermilion

7:00 PM HS ~ 8th/HS Band Spring Concert

B-C-S Alum Highlight Nominations needed!

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District wishes to highlight the accomplishments of its graduates who reside in our area, the nation, and the world!

The B-C-S Alum Highlight will be featured in the Sampler and in other media throughout our area. We know that Rocket Pride is strong, and so are the accomplishments and contributions of B-C-S alumni.

We look forward to recognizing and honoring the extraordinary individuals who are graduates of Oak Harbor High School.

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District Calendar for B-C-S Local School District for the 2019-2020 School Year!

Please note that the last day of school for students in grades K-11

is May 31st for the 2018-19 school year!

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Stay Connected W/ B-C-S Schools

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.

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