As we proceed through the last quarter of the school year I would like to inform you about a number of important issues affecting the district and our students. I would like to remind you that we will be going to the ballot in May for a second time to pass a 1% Earned Income Tax Levy for a fixed 10 years that failed in the fall. The need and concerns are still there financially for the district as it strategically plans for the future. The terms for the tax levy have not changed and I would like to take this chance to highlight once again the school levy terms.
1. The district has not asked for additional operating money in 35 years.
2. The tax levy is based solely on earned wages. Fixed incomes are not affected.
3. The district has been deficit spending the past 4 years.
4. A 25 year Bond issue supported by voters came off the books in January (a 3 mill property tax), this means that property taxes went down for everyone.
5. By law, Ohio schools cannot function with a deficit. This proposal will keep the district solvent. With the help of the Lisbon voters, we will be able to continue to successfully educate the children of our school district.
Secondly, this year’s achievement tests are upon us. The OGT for high school students is happening this month in March, and the AIR testing will continue in April/May. Our goal to maintain and improve upon last year’s success is every bit as strong as in the past. Once again, in this era of accountability these tests have become a critical item as one of the chief measures by which our schools are perceived. We are asking that you, the parents, assist us once again in our task by making sure that you reassure with your children the importance of these tests for their future as well as that of the Lisbon School District. All in all the academic progress in the district continues, and a big thank you goes out to the students, parents, staff and the entire Lisbon community for their hard work and dedication to improvement.
Finally, I had the opportunity to attend a number of extracurricular activities recently and was tremendously impressed not only with the talent and ability I saw, but also with the excitement and joy the students exhibited. It just reinforced to me how much more there is to a well-rounded education than just the basics of the school day. So please take this opportunity to encourage your children to participate in all facets that the district has to offer.