To the Editor:
I am proud to announce that the Carrollton Exempted Village School District has received an Excellent with Distinction rating by the Ohio Department of Education. What does this mean? It means we have high quality teachers, staff members, and administrators working with parents to ensure all children are learning in a teamwork-based culture. In spite of that good news, our schools are facing tough times.
We have lost over $2 million in Federal and State funding the past couple of years. Since 2004, the district has cut over $6.3 million. Some of these cuts include the closing of Willis, Harlem Springs, and Kilgore schools as well as a reduction in teachers and administrators and elimination of 15 bus routes. Without additional local revenue from a levy, the district will face a deficit in 2015.
As you see, our community is facing a turning point. We must stand up for our children, for their education, for their future. Thus, the district is seeking a $7.5 million emergency operating levy for five years. The district is also cutting $500,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. As you know, there is great economic potential in Carroll County, but it will take four to five years before we begin to see revenue flow to the district.
The cost for the emergency will be approximately $163.00 a year or $14.00 a month for five years. The seniors who qualify for the Homestead Exemption will only pay approximately $123.00 annually. Only with an educated community will we be able to attract the kinds of jobs our community needs, the kind of jobs that require an education and that require a community that values education. We have been that community and will continue to be that community
One important thing is that the passage of the levy will not mean new spending on any new programs. It will only allow us to sustain the programs that currently exist and ensure our schools are as safe as possible.
The coming debate over this levy as the May vote approaches is very important and I hope you pay close attention to it. And, if you have any questions at all, I ask that you give me a call and discuss them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (330) 627-2181. I am proud to be part of the Carrollton Schools family.
Dr. David Quattrochi, Superintendent
Carrollton Exempted Village School District