by Henry Allen,
Loveland, Ohio - Three years ago, the Loveland City School District made a promise to the citizens of Loveland - if the levy were to pass, the district would budget the revenue until 2014. Having kept their promise, the district is confident in passing a new levy on May 6. “We know where we are, so we need to look into moving forward,” said District Superintendent Chad Hilliker. Back in 2011, the school district removed a lot of technological support, according to Hilliker. Loveland is looking to bring back more of the support and staff necessary for upping the technology program with some of the money the levy would provide.
The levy is worth a total of 5.6 mills (a mill is one tenth of a cent), and is estimated to cost the average homeowner $196.00 per $100,000 of appraised real estate value. Unlike previous three-year levies, the 2014 levy is expected to last the school district five years. The state of Ohio gives the school district an annual sum of money, which differs based on many factors. In the fiscal year of 2014, the school is projecting to receive $11,491,780 in Unrestricted Grants-In-Aid.
Loveland City Schools will be taking several steps forward if the levy is passed. Some technological advances will be made, and current programs and operations will see improvement. “I feel very fortunate to be in a community that has supported our schools,” said Hilliker. The superintendent feels that it is important not only to move forward, but to move in a direction that will lead to lifelong success for our students.
Superintendent Chad Hilliker and Treasurer Brett Griffith welcome any and all questions or concerns. They can be reached through the district website (www.lovelandschools.org) or by calling 513-683-5600.
EDITOR'S NOTE: From the District office
I believe in the interview that day, we made the comment that we would try to stretch it to five years, but it will be four to five years.