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On the Agenda: School Board to Consider 'Remaining Legislation' Needed to Submit Levy

The North Canton City Schools Board of Education meet at 7:30 a.m. in the district's conference room

Now that the details of the district's proposed permanent improvement levy are hashed out, North Canton City Schools Board of Education will meet this morning to wrap up some "remaining legislation" needed to get the 2.4 mill permanent improvement levy on the May ballot.

Board members will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the district's conference room for the special meeting and consider adopting "a resolution submitting to the electors of the North Canton City School District the question of an additional tax levy for the purpose of general permanent improvements to Section 5705.21 of the Revised Code, Enclosure A."

The continuous levy would generate about $1.44 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $73 per year.

“Our infrastructure is in serious need of attention, but there are limited funds to address this issue,” Superintendent Michael Hartenstein told the Akron Beacon Journal last week. “We are also behind on technology. We must give our students a 21st century education with 21st century tools.” 

jim January 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Nice of the board to put on their expensive suits and meet at 7:30 AM so the working foot soldiers, who will carry out the consequences of the board members actions, cannot be there. This levy is not about needed buildings and tech. This is about wanting to drive a BMW vs. being seen by others in a Ford or Chevy.
Diane January 28, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Jim, where were you at the meeting they held for the public, on a special date with special hours last week? That's when they voted to move forward. That's when you had your opportunity. I assume you wrote the board members with your concerns since you could not make it.
jim January 28, 2013 at 02:26 PM
We assume you are for the levy.
Diane January 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I am still very upset with the prior administration's decision to realign our schools post-levy, making some certainly unwise decisions financially. I am also very upset to see how long our district has neglected spending money on the things they really need, and forgoing this permanent improvement levy years ago, when they were advised it was going to be needed in the wake of the many budget cuts by the state. I am equally upset that emotion took over the ability for voters to see that SB5 was necessary to reign in the out of control spending on public sector jobs, including the education field, and that until we stop throwing tax dollars into teacher pensions and healthcare, it won't ever allow our district to spend their operating levy dollars the way they actually need to. So Jim, you and I probably do agree on many things. But at the end of the day I'm super concerned about what I know to be true as it pertains to the structural and educational needs of our district. I also have faith in the new superintendent that was selected by our board. I have seen him in person, and his business background is going to be essential to wise decisions in our district. Especially those that are financial. I think we are taking a step in the right direction with this levy, because without it our kids simply will be asking "do you want fries with that" when they graduate.
jim January 28, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Diane If you truly believe in statements about how you were upset about how emotion took over the SB5 debate, that spending is out of control on public sector jobs and we are throwing a lop sided amount into teacher pensions and health care then send a message with your NO vote to stop funneling money into a broke system. Voting NO on this latest tax issue is the only practical on point message that taxpayers can make to the people in charge that we are displeased and that schools need to make do with the ample amount they have given to run their operation. I too am concerned that our kids and grandkids are going to be saddled with a tax load that will have them living in our basements, never able to pay the tax on owning a home, working until they are 75 to pay for those whose union contracts will bleed us for ever.
Ann Marie January 28, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Hey Jim there are alot of brainwashed people in this world. It shows as these levies pass year after year.
jim January 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Ann Marie Some are brain washed like the people that have been the recipients of this out of control system. Others (who mean well) would vote yes on an issue, put in front of them on Election Day, about puppies and kittens not realizing they were voting for them to be eaten.

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