|To the Editor: League supports school levy|
|Written by Ellen Dalton and Maria Simon|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:21|
Bowling Green City Schools has a 6.75-mill tax levy on the May 7 ballot. This levy is for operating expenses and is a continuing levy meaning it would not need to be renewed periodically.
BG Schools have had declining revenue from the state for a number of years, and they have reduced expenses by closing schools (South Main and Milton are closed, and Ridge will close at the end of the current school year), reducing staff through attrition, selling property, and cutting daily operating expenses. At the same time the state keeps adding mandated expenses without providing funding for them. The prospect for state funding in the near future is for flat funding at best, meaning that the school district must rely on local funding to maintain effective student-teacher ratios, continue to provide classes such as the fine and performing arts which are outside the Core Curriculum, and continue investment in student technology-all factors which contribute to 5 years of Excellent ratings from the Ohio Department of Education.
League of Women Voters of Bowling Green, in our local education position, supports adequate funding to maintain the quality of our schools. The LWVBG education committee has been studying school financing for the past two years. A community is reflected in its schools. We urge support of this levy, to keep our schools and community strong.
Ellen Dalton and Maria Simon
Co-chairs, Education Committee
League of Women Voters of Bowling Green
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