What is the 2018 Levy and why is it so important?
Strong schools mean a strong community. When our schools excel, property values increase and our community thrives. But are school levies, and this year's levy in particular, necessary to maintaining this success?
The answer is simple. Unless the 2018 Levy passes, cash balances in Granville Schools are expected to approach zero in the 2020-2021 school year, resulting in cuts to teaching and administrative staff, transportation, and programs considered optional by the state. Due to the spring timing of the levy vote, failure to pass the measure will guarantee larger K-12 class sizes and increased student/teacher ratios for the 2018-2019 school year. This is why your "YES" vote on May 8th is so critical.
One might ask at this point why Granville Schools are in need of funds when they have such an excellent record of financial stewardship. In fact, Ohio’s schools have to pursue periodic funding increases in order to maintain quality levels. (Read more about House Bill 920). In Granville, this year's levy is especially critical since current residential school tax rates (#49 in the state) fall short of being able to continue to support the #2 academic achievement ranking of our schools.
More questions? Visit our FAQs.
Let the numbers tell the story.
In the latest state report card of academic achievement and career readiness, Granville had the highest score in Central Ohio and the 2nd highest in the State. Click here to learn more about Granville Schools' performance. Click here to learn more about Granville Schools' performance.
Our district carefully manages the tax dollars entrusted to them. Granville schools maintain the lowest spend-per-pupil versus other peer districts, even as they achieve the 2nd highest academic achievement rating in the state -- a great value! Click here to learn more about Granville Schools' financial stewardship.
Find answers to these important questions on our FAQs page:
ACES is a Ballot Issue Committee founded and run by Granville community volunteers. Most of us have children either preparing to enter, currently enrolled in, or graduates of Granville schools. Most of us work and/or volunteer throughout the community. We are your neighbors, co-workers, fellow community volunteers, parishioners, and friends.
ACES believes that our schools are vital to the strong and vibrant Granville that we all love. We believe that supporting our children and community also means supporting our schools. That's why we're working hard to make sure our schools receive the funding they need to maintain a position of excellence.
The ACES team includes: Dan Katona (Chair), Seth Patton (Treasurer), Dawn Egelston, Beth Havill, Aimee Parsley-White, Chuck Peterson, Mike Schmidt, Ceciel Shaw, and Anne Weinberg.
Also supporting ACES are countless Granville citizens who volunteer to get the word out. Their collective efforts hosting group levy discussions, distributing materials, and posting yard signs make all the difference. Thank you everyone for your hard work and dedication!
Paid for by Achieving Community Excellence in Our Schools (ACES), Seth Patton, Treasurer
Contact us at: GranvilleLevy2018@gmail.com