Campaign committees file financial reports

The Columbus Dispatch – January 3, 1990

WORTHINGTON SCHOOLS – A committee spent more than $18,000 trying to pass a 5.9-mill operating levy for the district that failed in November, while a committee opposing the property tax increase spent about $3,600.

The figures are from reports filed with the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The Quality for Kids Committee ended its campaign with about $5,600. However, Treasurer L. Thomas Comer noted in the report filed Dec. 11 that additional expenses might be forthcoming.

William C. Vey, treasurer of Concerned Citizens of the Worthington School District Inc., indicated in a report filed Dec. 12 that his committee expects to come out of the campaign about $1.27 in the hole.

For the November 1989 campaign, both groups primarily spent their money on fliers, newspaper advertising and yard signs. The Quality for Kids Committee also spent $2,000 to advertise on WNCI radio and $500 for a survey by Saperstein Associates Inc.

Concerned Citizens raised most of its money in $25 checks from individuals and reported $175 in anonymous contributions.

Major contributors included L.J. Paoletti, who is listed as giving $518.80, and C. Garshelis, $200. Contributions of $100 each were reported from E.E. Kerbler, R.W. Quelette, J.J. Guzzo and The Munhall Co.

Major contributors to the Quality for Kids Committee were Design Group Inc., the company doing the design for renovations at the Worthington High School Main Campus, and Baker and Hostetler, a law firm that does much of the district’s legal work. Each gave $1,000.

Bricker and Eckler, a law firm that does bond work for the district, and Transohio Title Co. each contributed $200, and the Worthington office of BancOhio National Bank contributed $150.

The committee reported netting about $4,170 from an Oct. 7 sock hop, including $4,000 in contributions under $25 that were not individually recorded.

Quality for Kids also received heavy support from school-related groups. Those contributions included:

$750: The Worthington Education Association, the teachers union.

$500 each: Evening Street Elementary PTA, Sutter Park Elementary PTA, Worthington Estates Elementary PTA, Worthington Hills Elementary PTA and McCord Middle School PTA.

$400: Liberty Elementary PTA.

$250 each: Worthington Park Elementary PTA, Support Worthington Extended Projects Program and the Worthington Classified Association, the union of classified employees.

$200 each: Granby Elementary PTA, Brookside Elementary PTA, Worthingway Middle School PTA, Care After School latchkey program and Worthington High School PTA.

$100 each: Perry Middle School PTA and the Linworth School alternative high school support group.

$50: Colonial Hills Elementary PTA.

Contributors of $100 each included Superintendent John Hoeffler; Goodale Auto Parts Co.; the Worthington Leadership Association; Charles Kohler, husband of successful school board candidate Laura Kohler.

Community Structures Inc.; Service Supply Co.; CTL Engineering; Meeks and Co.; Pingue Rentals; H.C. Wear and Associates; Squire, Sanders and Dempsey law firm; and Ehrlich-Bober and Co. Inc. of New York City.