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Columbus City School Board Places Levy on November Ballot

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus City School Board Places Levy on November Ballot
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The Columbus City Schools Board voted unanimously today to put a 6.92 mill levy/bond request on the November ballot.

“This morning, our Board of Education took a significant step forward in seeking to build upon the success of our students in the classroom, better address the social and emotional needs they often bring from home, and begin tackling a multi-million-dollar backlog of overdue building maintenance, repairs, and replacements,” said CCS Superintendent Dan Good in a press release.

The largest portion (5.58 mills) of the levy is allotted for daily staffing and operating needs of the district, followed by funds for deferred maintenance (.84 mills) and ongoing improvements (.5 mills).

“With the levy’s approval, the district would implement a five-year plan to expand pre-kindergarten, place more social workers and licensed nurses in schools, add support for special education students, reduce class sizes by increasing educators in classrooms, enhance student safety, and provide more career-technical education opportunities to a greater number of students,” according to a CCS press release.

The board is asking for $125 million for a backlog of building, bus, and playground repairs and replacements, and improvements to electrical systems and classroom technology. Another $4.4 million will be earmarked each year to sustain annual maintenance to prevent future backlogs. And, if accepted, the levy will add 325 staff members, representing a 3.7 percent increase in staff over five years. The increase would include “76 intervention specialists, 41 positions for expanding pre-kindergarten programs, 34 instructional assistants, 25 social workers, 16 positions in career-technical education, and 16 school nurses,” according to the kidsohio fact sheet.

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“Over the next month, the district will have additional information about the levy request on our website and through the new mobile app,” Good said. “A separate outside levy campaign committee will be responsible for generating and asking for voter support.”

If passed the levy will create a 17 percent increase in Columbus school property taxes; a household valuing $100,000 would pay $242.20 each year.

For more information, visit www.ccsoh.us.

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