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Group launches campaign for Boardman schools levy

Published: Tue, August 28, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.




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.


12fer1(22 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Maybe it's time all of Ohio school districts look to more innovative ways to fund education. Consolidate to County school districts, funding with maybe a hybrid combination of sales and income tax. The new economy we have been left with may not sustain the old ways any longer. It is a terrible problem and there are no simple answers. Well, maybe there are....cut spending, live within your means. But who does that?

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2gus02(4 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The truth is the majority in Boardman has seen their income go down too. The State of Ohio takes away $15 million from Boardman School taxpayers income tax, and now the " friends" want us (property owners) to make up the first installment increased property tax levy of $3.1 million. It seems to me our "friends" and locally elected trustees need to pressure the State for our money back.

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3bear73(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The "Ohio Supreme Court ended the 11-year-old DeRolph v. State case on December 11, 2002 when it declared the state education finance system unconstitutional. The court directed "the General Assembly to enact a school-funding scheme that is thorough and efficient, as explained in DeRolph I [and] DeRolph II." These earlier decisions had also declared the funding system unconstitutional and identified particular elements, such as the "over reliance on property taxes" and "forced borrowing," which the General Assembly needs to change in order to develop a system that meets the "thorough and efficient system of common schools" required by the Ohio Constitution. " This exerpt from an article by the National Education Access Association in 2002 shows just how much the leadership of our state has ignored school funding. We are at the point where we have no other choice but to fund our schools ourselves. The district has made substancial cuts over the past several years, but has reached the point where additional cuts will impact quality of education. I cannot believe that anyone in our district doesn't want to provide our kids with as much of a head start to their future as we possibly can. This levy has to pass - please vote YES on Nov. 6th.

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4southsidedave(5185 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I see some naysayers in this post...without education, our nation will continue to fall behind the developing nations of the world.

Countries including Brazil, Russia, India, and China have discovered that the only way to escape poverty is through education. Food for thought my friends.

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5m__dogg(12 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

If everyone's home values have gone down, then the amount the levy will impact your taxes will be decreased. The only way to keep the hood from creeping into Boardman is through a strong educational system. As our educational system degrades so does our community and our home values. It's hard to believe that for less than $10.00 per month per $100,000 home value that anyone would argue. The degradation of our school system would impact your home value much more than $10.00 per month. I can think of 20 ways to come up with the extra $10.00 per month that would be required for the levy. I'm from a maternal first generation family with a father who always regretted not furthering his education. Education is very important to my family, my community and my country. My siblings and myself hold advanced degrees with successful careers due to good supportive parents and a very strong public educational base. It's very wise to invest in our educational future now or our real future will be in doubt unless we invest in educating our children.

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6taxme(361 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

This mess with funding started years ago when someone had the bright idea that tax payer monies should be funneled to private schools. Example, using tax payer money for bussing private school children and using taxpayer money to suppliment private schools with public school teachers to teach their learning disabled children.and now the the thing that hurts public schools the most is the idiotic vouchers. Ya I know not all schools get hurt by themm now but in the future it will kill them. Pass this very tiney levy and keep the Boardman Schools great Like Romnie say's. "Keep Government out of our lives" Obviously they don't believe that because they are taking our hard earned tax dollars and are trying to give it away!

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