By Art Jarvis, Loveland City School District Board of Education President
A show choir that captured a national championship trophy; a football team that brought home a state championship title; a high school that just this year congratulated 50 students recognized as AP Scholars and three seniors named as National Merit Scholars.
On behalf of the Loveland Board of Education, I want to thank each and every member of the Loveland City School District for supporting the teachers, staff and – most of all – the more than 4,700 exceptional students who call themselves Tigers.
The Board takes pride in all this group has accomplished; we also – unanimously – feel it is time to move the district forward.
January 21 the Board voted for a resolution to place a 5.6 mill operating levy on the May ballot for your consideration (the equivalent of $196.00 annually per $100,000 home valuation). The 5.6 mills would generate an additional $4,222,401 amount of revenue per year for the district.
The district’s last levy was passed in 2011; the 3.5 mill levy was intended to be a bridge to 2014 with the district making a strategic decision to utilize the district’s cash balance to assist with revenue during the economic recession. Because of conservative fiscal management, that promise made in 2011 was kept.
This 5.6 mill levy would allow the district to rebuild the cash reserve we were forced to utilize during the recession, and add additional revenue to continue to make strides in providing advanced academic opportunities for our students – money the district would use to further expand the excellent education provided to students – especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
In the upcoming months, we will continue to share additional information on the May operating levy via the district website (www.lovelandschools.org), through community forums and the media. Superintendent Chad Hilliker and Treasurer/CFO Brett Griffith are available to take your questions. Contact information is available on the district website. We also encourage you to attend our Board meetings; meeting details are available on the district website.
We are blessed to live in Loveland; we appreciate your support of the district. Together, we can move forward and continue our tradition of excellence.