Our schools provide our students with an excellent education, and are a source of community pride:
• The partnership with the University of Akron gives students a chance to earn college credit while in high school; saving time and money on college tuition.
• Students graduate on time, prepared for work or college.
• The music and gifted programs have been recognized as among the best in Ohio.
• Our schools have earned clean audits from the state for more than 10 years.
Our schools have lost over $6 million in state funding in the last two years. In response, we made tough choices to cut over $8 million from this year's and next year's budgets:
• Eliminated 20 teaching, staff and administrative positions.
• Reduced course offerings.
• Secured base pay freezes and increased health care contributions from employees.
• There is nothing left to cut without damaging the excellent schools our community expects.
Our schools held dozens of community meetings for input about the future—including identifying budget reductions and top academic priorities:
• After careful consideration, the Board voted to place a 3.9 mill operating levy on the May ballot, the lowest millage in decades.
• Making the decision to place this issue before voters was not an easy one.
• The board is committed to making the levy last at least three years.
This 3.9 mill operating levy will:
• Keep reasonable class sizes by providing enough teachers.
• Update instructional materials so our students have current tools.
• Help increase high school graduation rates and college attendance.
• Provide up-to-date technology so every student can compete for today’s jobs.
• Continue local partnerships to offer real-world learning experiences.
Without this levy, our schools face more staff reductions and major cuts that will harm the quality of our education.
The schools will continue to economize while essential teachers, technology, books and educational opportunities can be maintained to prepare our students for college and good jobs.
Our schools will continue identifying opportunities to save money, and are committed to making this levy last 3 years.