Issue 4-Euclid Schools' Emergency Levy in on the Nov. 5th Ballot
The failure of the renewal levy in November 2018 resulted in the loss of $5.6 million in revenue to the Euclid City Schools.
This resulted in significant cuts to the district’s operating budget, including the reduction of: transportation for students in grades 1 through 8 to state minimums, 10 teaching positions, 5 administrative positions and 8 classified positions.
All employees also agreed to a wage freeze for the 2019-2020 school year.
Other programs including elementary and middle school arts and athletics were also cut districtwide.
Issue 4 is an 8.7 mill, 10-year emergency levy that will generate $5.6 million dollars annually. The funds generated from this levy will be used to operate the Euclid City Schools. The cost to an average homeowner (owner of a $75,000 home) is $19/month.
If Issue 4 fails, additional teacher cuts will be made, resulting in larger class sizes. Transportation will remain at the state minimum and additional cuts will be made to programs including athletics and the arts.
In the state of Ohio, money for school construction projects cannot be used to cover any operating expenses. This is why Issue 4 is critical for the children and families in our district.
The passage of Issue 4 will result in the return of busing in January of 2020.
As demonstrated by our recent state report card, our district is making progress and building momentum.
Passage of Issue 4 will ensure that needed programs and resources, including career tech programs, early literacy and intervention programs, will continue to be available to help move students forward.
Continued academic progress will result in a stronger school system that will ultimately have a positive impact on our property values, resulting in a stronger Euclid.
Voting FOR Issue 4 is an investment in our Euclid City Schools and our community.
I am a 34 year resident of Euclid, mother of 4 children, President of the Euclid Board of Education and Director and Pre-K teacher at Euclid Cooperative preschool. I am also the mother of a journalist!!!