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Woodridge Schools Plan Next Moves to Promote Upcoming Levy

From fliers and yard signs to fundraisers and phone calls, the Woodridge Board of Education and Issue 5 levy committee have much in the works to promote the upcoming levy.

The clock is ticking and there’s much to be done before Issue 5 comes before voters on Aug. 7.

The , along with the volunteer-based Issue 5 levy committee, met Wednesday to discuss how they were going to spread the word and encourage folks to vote yes on the five-year, 6.83-mill levy.

If passed, the issue would raise $3 million a year and cost taxpayers $209 for every $100,000 in property valuation, said Superintendent Walter Davis.

In the coming weeks, volunteers will hit the pavement, go door-to-door, hand out fliers and throw a set of restaurant fundraisers.

The fundraisers will take place on June 27 and July 25 at Pizza and , respectively. Each will run from 4 p.m. to close and community members are encouraged to attend during those times as a percentage of sales will go to pay for the materials used in promoting the levy.

Board president Tammy Heffernan said the levy committee would also focus on the “tremendous amount” of parents who didn’t vote in the last levy.

“Hopefully, we can reach out to these parents and get them to vote yes,” she said. "It's very important they come to the polls."

The levy campaign will be capped off by a on Aug. 4 at Woodridge High School.

The day-long event will feature a classic car show, inflatables, community tables, vendors, face painting, music and a fireworks display.

Why now?

According to Davis, a levy hasn’t been passed in the district since 2004 and school officials are beginning to run out of available yearly revenue as personnel and operations expenditures continue to climb.

To keep the budget in the black, the board has approved over $2 million in cuts to the district’s $20 million annual budget.

The budget will remain in the black by about $300,000 throughout the 2013-14 school year, but by the end of 2015, available revenue will not meet expenditures and the school system will sink $8.6 million in the red unless a levy is passed, said Woodridge treasurer Deanna Levenger.

For more information or to have an Issue 5 yard signs staked in your front yard, call Tammy Heffernan at 330-322-6952.

Earl Elevant June 22, 2012 at 05:14 PM
No more levies. Work with what you have.
Jenn Bryson June 23, 2012 at 01:16 PM
you can't work with 2004 money in 2012! the price of EVERYTHING has gone up, food, gas, EVERYTHING! what makes people think the price of education hasn't gone up as well?
Keri Lambert June 23, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I find it hard to believe that so many people don't care about their communities. The schools are not being properly funded by the government. In order to provide a proper education for our children they need more funding. And I say "our" because really the children in the community represent the future for all of us, even if we don't have kids. Who do you think the future doctors will be when you are old? The future politicians, police officers, firefighters etc.? Then there are property values. Remember that taxes/levies are assessed on a percentage value of your property. Over the last few years as the housing market has declined and property values have decreased, so has funding to the schools. By voting to pass a levy, you're not really going to be paying that much more than what you've paid in the past, you're simply going to pay closer to what you used to pay. Of course the cost of everything else has been going up as the amount of money the schools are receiving is going down. How exactly to you expect them to continue like that? School districts are a major consideration when someone decides where they are going to live and work. If we want to have a thriving community, we MUST support our schools.
Regina Palmer June 24, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Without a levy, the school district suffers and your property value will too. People do not want to buy houses in failing school districts. If the levy fails, then "Work with what you have" will be what the real estate agent will say to you if/when you decide to sell your home (assuming you are even IN the Woodridge district) and you are offered SIGNIFICANTLY LESS than your asking price.....the $100-200 a year you are 'saving' by a failed levy will cost you WAY MORE THAN THAT in the long run.....

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