Carrollton Free Press Standard News | Superintendent hits the road in quest to pass levy

That was the message conveyed by Carrollton Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi when he spoke to members of the Carrollton Future Farmers of America Alumni last week. Full Story
Concerned

Kent, OH

#1 Mar 20, 2013
I think that the class sizes now are not acceptable so if the gaol is to keep them the same then that is not much of a goal at at all!
Carroll Countian

New Philadelphia, OH

#2 Mar 21, 2013
Well they are only going to get bigger if the levy goes down. The state has told the rural schools to continue to do more with less. The governor verbally told us that rural schools would be taken care of. The reality when the budget appeared was that rural schools receive 0% increase while rich urban/suburban schools receive huge increases.
no more taxes

Dover, OH

#3 Mar 21, 2013
In this economy I am not willing to see my taxes to go up over 300 dollars a year for the CEVSD.
Questioning

Newark, OH

#4 Mar 21, 2013
The letter states that "the last time the school district had a tax levy in force was 1977". Why then does the largest portion of my real estate taxes go to the schools?
What

Dover, OH

#5 Mar 21, 2013
Questioning wrote:
The letter states that "the last time the school district had a tax levy in force was 1977". Why then does the largest portion of my real estate taxes go to the schools?
Compare your tax rate to the surrounding districts. We are way behind in our support. The fact that it is the largest portion of your tax bill has nothing to do with the fact that little millage is collected.
Support the school

Canton, OH

#6 Mar 22, 2013
I truly hope that the majority of the community realizes how vital it is for our children to have this levy passed. It is an emergency levy. Emergency being the key word. This isn't about a new school or fixing the old outdated one we have. It is about getting the financial support from the community that is necessary to keep the school running as it currently is. With the absence of support coming from the state we as a community need to step up to the plate and help our most valuable asset in this town, the school. These children are who will add to our community, state, and country once they leave the walls of the high school. Don't we owe them at least the ability to have a classroom that isn't overcrowded? In truth, these children deserve to have so much more. They deserve buildings that aren't nearly 100 years old and ceilings that don't leak. They deserve to have heat that works consistently in the winter and on those days that are unbearably hot some form of air conditioning so learning can more easily take place. However, we have turned down levies for that time and time again. We have turned down maintence levies time and again. We have said so many times "I can't afford to improve these schools. I can't afford extra taxes" and relied on government aide to get them through in addition to the very minimal taxes the school receives from us. It is ridiculous that people continue down this same line of thinking.$14 a month for a home worth 100,000. Is that too much? Is it too much to order one less pizza per month, buy one less item per month while we are out shopping in order to ensure our children or your neighbors children are getting a quality education? Is that really too much to show we actually care? I think we as a community need to take a good look at what we value for ourselves, our children, and our town as a whole. I am also thoroughly impressed with this superintendent. Thankfully we have someone in that position who actually cares enough to personally reach out to the community and try to explain exactly how dire this situation is. I hope people take the words of this man to heart. Our school and our youth need us more than ever now.
Reality

Dover, OH

#7 Mar 22, 2013
Education in this country needs a complete overhaul. Our school system is based on the days when the kids needed to work the farm and school during the off season. We should not burden the homeowner who has to foot the bill, when in reality I know many homeowners who never had kids. If you have a child, be responsible, you pay. I don't believe kids should be bused and fed. That is the parent's responsibility. Youth should go to school, mandated, to read, write and extensive math. Anything above that is an elective, paid for by the parent. Oh, if someone can't afford it, get a sponsor, church etc. Or work like most do when something is desired. Also, how did the school ever become responsible for getting your kid to school? Take your own kid to school! Get rid of the buses, the expense! Out source all sports. If you want it, pay for it. I don't owe your kids band lessons, art or a football coach. If you want your kids well rounded and developed, pay for it. There are other countries that offer outstanding educations without all the "other stuff". As a nation, we are 25th or less in Math, Science and reading, but Oh, I do believe we are first in football, truancy and overall baby sitting.
It won't pass. People are fed up with continually picking up the tab for an inefficient, antiquated system. And overpaid administrators and teachers with superb health care and retirement packages doesn't help. Who gets that anymore? Not gonna happen!
Already on a Budget

Dover, OH

#8 Mar 22, 2013
Support the school wrote:
I truly hope that the majority of the community realizes how vital it is for our children to have this levy passed. It is an emergency levy. Emergency being the key word. This isn't about a new school or fixing the old outdated one we have. It is about getting the financial support from the community that is necessary to keep the school running as it currently is. With the absence of support coming from the state we as a community need to step up to the plate and help our most valuable asset in this town, the school. These children are who will add to our community, state, and country once they leave the walls of the high school. Don't we owe them at least the ability to have a classroom that isn't overcrowded? In truth, these children deserve to have so much more. They deserve buildings that aren't nearly 100 years old and ceilings that don't leak. They deserve to have heat that works consistently in the winter and on those days that are unbearably hot some form of air conditioning so learning can more easily take place. However, we have turned down levies for that time and time again. We have turned down maintence levies time and again. We have said so many times "I can't afford to improve these schools. I can't afford extra taxes" and relied on government aide to get them through in addition to the very minimal taxes the school receives from us. It is ridiculous that people continue down this same line of thinking.$14 a month for a home worth 100,000. Is that too much? Is it too much to order one less pizza per month, buy one less item per month while we are out shopping in order to ensure our children or your neighbors children are getting a quality education? Is that really too much to show we actually care? I think we as a community need to take a good look at what we value for ourselves, our children, and our town as a whole. I am also thoroughly impressed with this superintendent. Thankfully we have someone in that position who actually cares enough to personally reach out to the community and try to explain exactly how dire this situation is. I hope people take the words of this man to heart. Our school and our youth need us more than ever now.
We gave up our monthly pizza a long time ago.

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