Tuesday, March 5, 2013
If approved, the district's permanent improvement levy would generate $11.1 million in revenue. Take a look at how the district will use that money over the next few years.
Cuyahoga Falls residents should have a clearer picture about how their tax dollars would be spent after Superintendent Todd Nichols gave a breakdown of levy dollars Monday night. If approved, the district's five-year, 3-mill levy permanent improvement levy would generate $11.1 million in revenue and cost homeowners $91.88 per year for every $100,000 in valuation. Nichols presented the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education that night with a breakdown of how the levy dollars would be spent, from building to building, starting in 2014 and running through 2018. "As you can see, in the first three years, it is heavy on technology, heavy on things we can take with us, heavy on things that are our most-immediate needs, like safety/security, …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cuyahoga Falls City School District officials said residents can expect billboards, mail cards, yard signs and op eds in their local media publications
District officials are about coming out swinging when it comes to the upcoming permanent improvement levy. Cuyahoga Falls City School officials are planning several ways to get the word out about why the district needs the five-year, 3-mill levy. And they only have about 70 days before the May 7 election (and even fewer before early voting starts April 2). "It's kind of a time crunch," Superintendent Todd Nichols said at Monday night's Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education meeting inside the high school. On the way are billboards, mail cards, yard signs and opinion pieces and advertisements in their local media publications by the end of March. Those will tout the reasons the district needs the levy, which was approved by the board in January …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
School board asks voters to approve the levy in May.
Updated Jan. 30, 4:43 p.m. In May, voters will decide whether or not to pass a five-year, 3-mill permanent improvement levy for the Cuyahoga Falls City School district. The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education voted Monday to put the issue on the ballot. If approved, the levy would generate $11.1 million in revenue and cost homeowners $91.88 per year for every $100,000 in valuation, according to Falls schools treasurer David Hoskin. Safety and technology upgrades would be added to the district this summer if the levy passes, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. The issue would also cover necessary building maintenance and repairs. The Board also voted to hire Right Brain Design Group to handle the district's public relations initiatives and …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Board will decide in the weeks ahead on whether to put the proposed permanent improvement levy on the May 7 ballot.
The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education might put a new 5-year, 3-mill permanent improvement levy on the May 7 ballot. At its meeting on Monday, the Board unanimously passed a resolution, which will be sent to the Summit County Fiscal Office in order to calculate and certify how much revenue the levy would raise. Upon certification, board members will vote on whether to place the levy on the ballot. According to Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Treasurer David Hoskin, the levy would cost homeowners $91.88 per year for every $100,000 in property tax valuation. "A permanent improvement levy would bolster the district's revenue stream and could be used for building maintenance, bus purchases and classroom technology," reports the Falls News …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
In this letter to the editor, Woodridge Local Schools Superintendent Walter Davis thanks the voters who helped pass Issue 71, and offers remarks on the future of the district.
- W. Davis
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Dear Community Members, Thank YOU! In these challenging times, we acknowledge the sacrifice that residents and businesses continue to make to provide the district with the tools necessary to give Woodridge students the opportunities that a first-class education requires. A new levy is, indeed, a sacrifice for all of you. This levy will enable the district to maintain programs, keep staff, and continue to meet the needs of our students. This levy will play a significant role in our ability to preserve the traditions of excellence that we have all come to expect. Even with these new funds, we will continue to operate with a keen focus on the bottom line. We will conserve where possible, share services with other entities, and seek additional…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The 6.83-mill, five-year levy will generate $15 million in revenue over the next five years.
Updated Nov. 7, 1:02 a.m. It appears the fourth time is the charm. Issue 71 -- the Woodridge Local Schools levy -- passed by a margin of 963 votes on Tuesday night. The 6.83-mill levy will generate $15 million over the next five years and cost homeowners $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation. Over the last year, the district experienced three consecutive levy faliures. Woodridge hadn't passed a levy since 2004. Over that eight-year period, state funding remained stagnant, the district’s student body increased by about 15 percent and expenditures -- such as salaries, school supplies and utility costs -- continued to rise, said Woodridge treasurer Deanna Levenger. School officials cut 10 percent or $2 million from their $20 million…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Council approved the resolution, 10-0, to support Issue 71 during its regular Monday meeting.
On Monday night, the Cuyahoga Falls City Council once again backed the passage of a Woodridge Local Schools levy. Only question is: Will a majority of voters follow suit? In the past year, the last three levies have failed by less than 300 votes and school officials are weary of how its “Excellent with Distinction” rating could impact voters at the ballot box. Woodridge Earns Highest State Report Card Rating Woodridge Superintendent Walter Davis addressed that point during Monday’s Council meeting. “Earning an A+ in the midst of financial strife in the district is a testimony, I think, to the focus of our staff and the hard work of our students and their families,” said Davis. “It’s clear, however, that if we’re forced to continue to …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Cuyahoga Falls Patch sat down with Superintendent Walter Davis to discuss the academic and financial future of the Woodridge Local School district.
Issue 71 is just weeks away from hitting the ballot box. If passed on Nov. 6, the five-year, 6.83-mill levy would generate $15 million in revenue and cost homeowners $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation, said district Superintendent Walter Davis. In the event Issue 71 fails, the Woodridge Board of Education will need to approve $1.8 million in cuts to keep the budget balanced and in the black through the 2013-14 school year. Woodridge Earns Highest State Report Card Rating The reductions would go into effect July 1, 2013. According to Issue 71 Levy Committee Chairman Scott Karlo, cuts would include:
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Issue 5 failed by just 90 votes on Tuesday night; however, another five-year, 6.83-mill levy is on the way this November.
The voters have spoken: Issue 5 has been rejected. Tonight’s results mark the third levy failure in the last 10 months for the Woodridge Local Schools. The next move is to focus on passing a levy identical to Issue 5 in November. If passed, the five-year, 6.83-mill levy would generate $15 million in revenue and cost homeowners $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation, said Woodridge Local Schools Superintendent Walter Davis. In the event the November issue fails, the Woodridge Board of Education would need to approve seven-figure cuts ($1.2 million in personnel, $600,000 in employee benefits) to keep the budget balanced and in the black through 2015, said Woodridge School treasurer Deanna Levenger. If approved by the board, the next …
By noon on Tuesday, over 400 voters had filed through Woodridge Middle School to vote on Issue 5, the five-year, 6.83-mill levy that, if passed, would generate $15 million in revenue.
It's time to answer the $15 million question: will Issue 5 pass or fail? If passed, Issue 5 would generated $3 million per year over the next five years and cost homeowners an additional $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation, according to Woodridge Local Schools Superintendent Walter Davis. If it's rejected, it will be the third proposed issue to fail within the last 10 months. Voting will run till 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. To find your polling location, click here. Stay tuned to Cuyahoga Falls Patch this evening as we'll post the results as soon as they're announced.