CLINTON — The fate of the Instructional Support Levy could be decided tonight when the Clinton School Board meets as a committee of the whole at 5:30 p.m. in the Clinton High School library.

The resolution to invalidate a petition, submitted by community members to put the question of the school district’s participation in the Instructional Support program to an election, was tabled at the Aug. 13 business meeting.

The petition, which was submitted by Jim Law on Aug. 6, met the deadline for filing but did not have the required 401 required valid signatures and the petition was worded incorrectly, district officials say.

An analysis by Clinton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Charlie Sheridan showed that only 374 out of the 422 signatures that accompanied the petition were verified as eligible voters.

On Aug. 13, Law notified Sheridan that he had verified a number of signatures — that he now had 402 that were verifiable.

Although the board had reservations, it did vote to table the motion to invalidate the petition until tonight.

The resolution states a “review of the petition by the County Auditor indicated that he was unable to verify the required number of signatures necessary by statute.

“Also, a review of the wording of the petition by legal counsel concludes the petition deviates sufficiently from statutory procedures to be valid.”

The recommendation is to not forward the petition to the county commissioner of elections for placement on a special ballot.

If the board passes the resolution, the Instructional Support Levy will be renewed starting July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013.

Other agenda items include an update on the district’s at-risk programming and a report on a property tax equity lawsuit.

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