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School Board Members Explain Levy Decision

Twinsburg School Board members were divided on whether the renewal levy should go before voters in August or November.

Members of the Twinsburg School board agreed on one thing: There would be a vote on a 6.9-mill renewal levy in 2013.

But school board members disagreed on whether the vote should be held in August or November. Ultimately, the board decided 3-2 to hold the renewal levy in August.

The board members discussed the matter Monday morning before voting. Those who voted for August were board members Ron Stuver, Stephen Shebeck and Kate Cain-Criswell, the board president. Also supporting August was the district administration, including Superintendent Kathi Powers.

Stuver said one reason he wants to hold the vote in August is to prevent it from distracting the staff from all the important work they do.

"Our staff is trying to stay focused on all of those issues, and the longer we drag out the decision on this levy issue the more distraction the staff has during the school year," Stuver said Monday. "We need to make this decision and move on."

"The sooner we get it out of the way the better off our district will be," Shebeck added.

But board members Paul Crosby, the vice president, and David Andrews believed that November was the better time to hold the levy. They said that voters are not as engaged with school issues in early August and they worried that turnout would be low.

Crosby also said he believed November would offer the best transparency and give the district time to educate voters.

"We are trying to pass this levy," he said. "That's the bottom line."

Powers said holding the levy vote in August will allow the district to hold another vote in November if necessary, so long as the district handles it the correct way.

"The bottom line is this is about financial reality and we need a levy passed this year," she said.

The levy equals about $4.4 million in revenue for the school district each year. If passed, it would be approved for another five years.

What do you think? Should the levy vote be held in August or November? Or not at all? Tell us in the comments!

Carl S April 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM
1. "We need to make this decision and move on." 2. "Our staff is trying to stay focused on all of those issues, and the longer we drag out the decision on this levy issue the more distraction the staff has during the school year 3. "We are trying to pass this levy," he said. "That's the bottom line." So..........................dont we all feel better knowing this? Knowing what? They walk among us...and teach your child :-(. sigh.....
Carl S April 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Almost $22,000,000.00 in cash reserves as of Feb 2013. Here is the limk: http://www.twinsburgbulletin.com/news%20local/2013/02/21/twinsburg-school-district-hosts-feb-27-open-forum-on-state-funding-plan . Hey BOE, turn some lights off in the parking lots. It isnt Cleveland Hopkins Airport!!
Carl S April 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM
How would you feel about paying someone $345 a DAY? for a Temp? Heres the link. See ya at the polls. http://www.twinsburgbulletin.com/news%20local/2013/03/14/twinsburg-city-councilor-gary-sorace-appointed-interim-dodge-intermediate-assistant-principal . So how much does a $345 a day person get in extra benifits anyway?
Carl S April 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM
anyone know what a Smart Board is? Google it. Its a fancy blackboard.(the kind with chalk and eraser) I guess we really needed them. And they were purchased AFTER 2008(the meltdown). Do these members ever consider us, the people that Pay for this stuff? Really? 10-115 SMART Boards Mr. Andrews moved and Mr. Stuver seconded that the Twinsburg Board of Education approves the purchase of SMARTBoards as follows: 7-Smart Technologies Smart Boards 680 with UF55Projector and 3 SMART Technologies Smart Board-77” (and necessary accessories) in the amount of $31,552.00 for Bissell Elementary School; and, 4-SMART Technologies Smart Board 680 with UF55 Projector and 2 Smart Technologies Smart Board-77” (and necessary accessories) in the amount of $18,761 for Wilcox Primary School, to be paid from P.I. Funds from SMARTEd Services, 1821 E. 40th Street, Cleveland OH 44103; upon the recommendation of the Superintendent. Ayes: Mr. Andrews, Mrs. Cain-Criswell, Mr. Crosby, Mr. Stuver, and Mr. Shebeck. The Board President declared the motion approved.
SS April 24, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Many school districts use smartboards and the district is just staying in line w/ other districts. They are wonderful learning tools and necessary for the classrooms. Regarding the temp. principal at Dodge....he is an experienced educator and I've heard nothing but good things since he took this position. Dodge needs experience and leadership and that is what they got. I am guessing that Carl S does not have children in the district.....
Reminderville April 24, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Yep, great job Twinsburg! US News best high schools list. Twinsburg #46. Which is great but also behind most of your peers including Solon, Orange, Hudson, Chagrin Falls, Aurora and Brecksville. Twinsburg is like a kid who can make the team but always end up finishing kinda last. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/ohio/rankings?int=84981e
J S. April 24, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Yes SS, Carl S. has had children in the district for the last 40 ish years. I know because I am one of them. He currently has MANY grand children in the district. To my knowledge his theory is that if you need or want something save for it and buy it when you have the funds available and it will not effect your future financial stability. I don't know anyone that can go to their employer and say I bought new furniture a few years ago and can't afford to pay my electric bill now. You need to give me a raise or I can't do the job you pay me to do. Smart boards are not a necessity but are a great teaching tool. As for the 345$ a day temp... At a day rate sounds high but breaks down to 90,000 for a year. I am assuming that he is assuming fringe benefits are not included. That raises it even higher. I truly have no opinion just facts
Carl S April 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM
J.S. me thinks you can read my mind :-). Im not trying to get into a urinating match(dont want to get censorded), but would you give anyone your credit card and tell them to buy only what you need, and I will without question pay off all your charges? I can remember when there was a levy for air conditioning for the scjhool over by the treatment plant. The ex superintendent said they coulndt open the windows, and needed A/C for the computers. I told him school is closed late may until September(A/C season) and to put all the computers into one or two rooms and go to Home Depot and get window air conditioners. Because it just made sense. BTW? Whatever happened to the ex school superintendent? C'mon...you remember :-)

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