centerville school levy $$
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#1 Aug 18, 2008
The 5.9-mill continuing operating levy the Centerville City schools plan to put on the November ballot is expected to bring in $9.76 million in additional funds each year. Supt Smiga said "people costs continue to go up and that's what you use operating dollars for. If you do not have those operating dollars, you need to reduce your budgets, and once again, you're back to, if 90 percent of your budget is people, you're going to reduce people and people serve people in our industry, which reduces services to kids."
Many of the services are provided by Mont County at the Dayton Job Corp Center and we pay 20+ mills for those services. How many services are we duplicating? Most citizens find their 401K’s down in value, their houses no longer valued at the original amount, and many of us have grave concerns about job retention. We do the best we can with what we have. Seems that many of the school boards only know the threat method of asking for funding. We could do without busing at the High School or at least widen the walk area to two miles or three miles. We have a School of Possibilities that could be replaced by any of the seven or eight GED center locations within our county. At the High School we have a Career Education Director, Career Education Coordinator, Intervention Counselor, a clinical counselor, and an ACE Unit (whatever that is). We also distribute an Accent on Schools publication containing information that could be covered in the “neighborhood” section of the DDN or in the Centerville Times. Wouldn’t it be nice if our Boards gave us a menu of the expenses our Educational cost centers incur and let us decide what is important to us as citizens and parents? After all, who works for whom?
#2 Sep 2, 2008
And now we see that the Superintendent is retiring … to a fixed income? Welcome to the world of no increases, unless it is through COLA. The last to retire went to Montgomery County Educational Services. Will be interesting to see where Mr. Smiga winds up and who will be the successor.
#3 Oct 10, 2008
And; The Montgomery County Educational Service Center has six service centers scattered throughout the county to handle cases involving multiple handicapped and emotionally handicapped students. I am sure a portion of our tax dollars go towards those programs. Are we paying multiple times for the same service?
#4 Dec 26, 2008
So now we know that the new Superintendent is Dr. Henderson. He should do a superb job; he has been in the system for quite awhile and knows all the players. And there sits the Asst. Super and he has been passed over for the last two changes….wonder why? If a person is designated as the Asst. or Vice Superintendent, why has he been passed over? If he is not capable of assuming the responsibility why is he there?? As we heard in the recent national political arena; people were hesitant to see Gov. Palin as a “heartbeat away from the Presidency”. Perhaps we there needs to be a NEW assistant Superintendent, one that could assume the responsibility of the office should the need arise.
#5 Apr 27, 2009
still seems relevant to me ..... November or
May 2008 or 2009.
#6 Jul 20, 2012
NO MORE SCHOOL LEVY'S!!!!! The educational problems in the schools are social issues and cannot be fixed by our tax dollars going to schools!!
#7 Sep 21, 2012
Yes, Centerville, along with other school districts, have cut back to save money. And yet, Centerville still expects to get Excellent with Distinction Award. If they can do that after all the cuts to budget and personnel, why did the School Board allow the excess to happen? How many years of “unneeded” funding were spent with no appreciable benefit. Aren’t school systems, like other entities, finding that they can increase their production/education with fewer people? Why didn’t the school board members curtail spending so that layoffs and budget cuts did not have to happen? Education, like business, is a global issue. The individual districts in the Montgomery County area, or the State of Ohio, or the USA really don’t matter. We are competing at the National level. The fact that City C or City O or City K have excellent school means little if they are offset by systems in educational distress. If Centerville can achieve excellent with distinction or even just excellent, then additional funding should go to the needy districts to raise their level. So long as the United States ranks below 20th in over all education worldwide, it matters not that a few schools are excellent; that is truly being “the cleanest article of clothing in the laundry”. If Ohio has an eight billion dollar deficit, then any excess is not a rainy day fund, but should be used to offset the deficit/debt. Nationally, each tax payer needs to contribute over $1,000,000 to pay their/our fair share.
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