To the Editor: OSBA urges BG residents to support schools
Written by Jeff Chambers   
Monday, 29 April 2013 09:21
To the Editor:
The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) strongly encourages residents to vote for Bowling Green City School District’s 6.75-mill operating levy on May 7.
While the economic downturn has been hard on many people in Ohio, it is important to remember it has been especially hard on our schools. Bowling Green and schools across Ohio have seen their funding cut and revenues decline during recent years, which has made it challenging to maintain the high-quality education you have come to expect. Bowling Green received $1.1 million less in total state funding this school year than it did four years ago.
The excellent-rated district has worked hard to reduce costs while maintaining a focus on student achievement. Bowling Green has consolidated school buildings, sold vacant properties, curbed supplemental contracts and frozen base salaries for all employees this school year and last. The district also has reduced administrative, support staff and teaching positions. Bowling Green, for example, has nearly 40 fewer teachers today than it did in 2004. Bowling Green is now at the point where there is little left to cut. The district needs local revenue to continue to offer enriching coursework and opportunities to its students.
This levy will allow Bowling Green to focus on what it does best: helping students succeed. By voting for this levy, you are helping maintain educational excellence and ensure a bright future for children in your community. That’s why on May 7, OSBA urges residents to vote for Bowling Green’s operating levy. It is a wise and much-needed investment in your schools and community.
Jeff Chambers
Director of communication services
Ohio School Boards Association
Columbus
Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 09:24
 

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