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‘Keep Boardman Excellent’ is school levy campaign slogan



Published: Mon, August 27, 2012 @ 9:33 p.m.

‘Keep Boardman Excellent’ is school levy campaign slogan

BOARDMAN

The Friends of Boardman Schools committee launched its campaign to support the emergency levy the school board has on the November ballot.

The theme of the campaign is “Keep Boardman Excellent,” said committee co-chair Jeff Barone, at the board of education’s meeting Monday.

“We see the school system as the centerpiece of the community,” he said.

The committee plans to work hard to get the word out about the need for the levy, said Vince Bevacqua, the committee’s communications director.

“We know that people probably don’t really appreciate the extent of the financial problems here in the district,” he said. “They look from the outside and they see great education, they see the academics are up, they see a 300-kid band — they see all these wonderful things and think the schools are functioning just fine, and the truth is we’ve lost a great deal of money over the last 10 years.”

Once community members are aware of the facts, however, he feels confident they will vote yes.

“I think people are very receptive,” he said. “I think they understand it’s a small investment to maintain the excellence.”

The school district has been rated excellent 10 out of the last 12 years, added Barone.

“We’ve elected these school board members to represent the community and they, along with our teachers, have done a fantastic job stretching a levy from 2003 that was supposed to last five years to last nine years and eight months,” he said. “And for those reasons I think they’ve earned our support on this levy.”

The levy would generate about $3.1 million annually. In the last two years, the district has lost $2.66 million in personal property tax money and state funding. Without the levy, the board projects a deficit of more than $3.5 million by the end of 2015.

Voters last approved a new school levy in 2003.


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1southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I certainly hope this levy passes - education today is more important than ever in our continuously changing global society.

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2Old_School(39 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

@Knightcap. In this economy, the best investment is in your home. Your school system is the best way to keep your property values high. Renters pay property taxes, trust me, I own rental property and I would be crazy not to include taxes in the monthly rent my tenants pay. We could only pray that they come up with a better way to pay for schools, but right now it's on the property owner. I for one will support this levy knowing I made the right decision for myself and my community.

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3wiseone(1 comment)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Boardman Schools seem to get it... before a levy they cut teachers and programs, instituted pay to play, and made insurances adjustments for employees. I understand the last contracted called for merit pay, the first one in the tri-county area.

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4gopherjr(10 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Boardman needs to pass this levy if they want to lure more families to the area. The economy has been rough on many people but Boardman has not passed a school levy in many years. We can not fall behind the other schools and lose the student that are attending Boardman Schools.

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