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Letter to the Editor: Kathryn Powers

Published: April 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Superintendent says levy critical to schools

As superintendent of the Twinsburg City School District, I am very proud of the district's tradition of excellence. Our students are provided a rigorous and comprehensive academic experience, balanced with a breadth of extra-curricular and athletic programs. Such a high-quality education is nurtured by the valuable partnerships and collaborations fostered with members of our school community to ensure student success and engagement.

Due to legislative action, resulting in the loss of Tangible Personal Property Tax, the district's revenue has been severely impacted. The district continues to cut expenses and to "live within our means." In 2012, the Operational Change Plan was developed and remains in effect today, with the goal to reduce expenditures and increase the efficiency of district operations. Two key facts: Per-pupil expenses only increased a total of $195 between FY11 and FY15, while revenue only increased $53,397 since 2007. To continue operating at the level of excellence the community has come to expect, additional funding is needed to backfill the loss of Tangible Personal Property Tax.

The district has been a good steward of our residents' tax dollars. The last time the school district sought new money through a school levy was in November 2012. With the state of Ohio's elimination of the business tax and the loss of that revenue, the passage of this 6.9-mill operating levy is critically important to maintain financial stability and our high quality academic programming.

Revenue from the levy would address five priority areas: the support of student learning and instruction; the support of current class sizes; addressing classroom technology needs; maintaining access to high quality educational programs for all students in preschool through grade 12; and providing a source of stable and predictable revenue to avoid reductions in staff, services and programs.

Your support of Issue 15 on May 2 is sincerely appreciated.

Kathryn M. Powers, Twinsburg


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