What endless levies? The Poland schools haven't had any additional millage for 10 years!
And for all those screaming for an increase in health care contributions, you do realize that going from 5% to 15 or 20% means a savings in the neighborhood of $150,000, right? Not saying that shouldn't happen (it should and probably will) but even if the teachers were willing to concede twice that much there would STILL be a large need for additional revenue.
The state cuts are the real problem here. Everything else could be worked out among the parties involved, but you just can't replace over $1M without getting it from the local taxpayers. The buck has been passed.
June 11, 2012 at 4:29 p.m.
The tax bill went up because a majority OK'd 3.9 mills for the libraries. Now I love my library as much as the next person, but I think I could have lived with the reduced hours they had in place and given that money to the school instead.
May 7, 2012 at 10:35 p.m.
keepingitreal is obviously not from Poland because he referred to it as "over there" in his first post. For if he did live in Poland, he would know there are plenty of people who are applauding the decision the "three" made to spend less on extracirriculars and more on academics. Maybe the "not listening" part only counts when it doesn't suit what you want?
May 3, 2012 at 8:21 p.m.
The old Lone Star Steak House location on the Boardman-Poland 224 border would ROCK!
March 28, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.
Yes, I sure did take math classes at Poland, which is why I know the numbers you are stating here are pure 100% bull.
$3M was borrowed ($2M for stadium and $1M for improvements to all schools) on a 15 year note @ 3.85% interest. Payment is $262,000 annually. Three years have already been paid, with 12 years left. Total cost of loan with interest = $3,930,000.
If we are to believe you and your fuzzy math, the school district is paying $700,000 for 15 years. Must be an interest rate somewhere around 20%, huh?. Total cost of loan with interest.= $10,500,000.
I rest my case. Who has their facts straight here?
Won't even get into the fact that this annual loan amount is being funded by energy savings and Coca-Cola. Just keep beating the drum of negativity.
March 7, 2012 at 10:23 p.m.
Well Real Truth...at least you're getting CLOSER to the Real Truth, but you still have a lot of facts wrong.You used to say it was $4M and now you finally got it right at $3M. But the $3M was NOT for the stadium ONLY...it included improvements at every school...like the new classrooms added to the HS, new windows put on Union, ect....
But you still want to say the payment is $700,000/year...which anyone with any sense would know is complete B.S. If it were, the loan would be paid off in another year or two!!! Cut your figure in half and I think you might be able to retain your name.
March 7, 2012 at 4:01 p.m.
Anyone believe they DIDN'T know where he was yesterday? You mean to tell me that they had the van description, a license number, a suicide note, knew where he lived...and yet he alluded everyone for over 24 hours and then drove through town to a cemetery at 1:30 in the afternoon and killed himself....and NOBODY saw ANYTHING?At least his final actions saved everyone a lot more grief.
February 10, 2012 at 3:05 p.m.
Real Truth needs to change his name to Complete Inaccuracy. Do you seriously believe that the stadium payment is $730,000 per year? If it were, that loan would be paid off in 4 years! If you seriously believe that is the payment for 20 years, then you think it is costing a whopping $14.6 million in total. Don't let the facts get in the way of your mantra.
I guess you and I have different definitions of what "really doesn't amount to much". You think $1.3 million cut for this school year isn't much...and I think $150 a year for the average Poland homeowner (deduct around $50 of that amount if you itemize) isn't much to help keep the school strong.
February 7, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Did any of you bother to check out the info, as was suggested?>>More information about the district’s cuts, personnel, per-pupil funding and finances are available at PolandBulldogs.com by clicking on the “Why Is a School Levy Needed?” link near the bottom of the page.
If you had, you would know that the last contract froze wage and step increases through the 2013 school year...that all cuts are indeed itemized...and that the Federal money did not come close to filling the void left by the cut in state funding.
The school is running yearly deficits...can't give out raises even if wanted to, and this small levy is not going to change that. It would be nice to see new books, replace worn out equipment, and keep a first rate school...all for around $100 or $200 a year.
February 6, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.
3 of the 5 current Board members were not even on the Board when the stadium issue was decided and built.
One of the members who WAS on the Board at the time was the supposed taxpayer watchdog Shovlin.
And by the way, anyone notice that Shovlin has reversed his stance on the need for a levy, and voted Yes for the March vote? Apparently he now understands that no business can operate with no revenue increase for 10 years (not to mention funding cuts).
January 20, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.