We must do all we can to ensure their success in a very competitive world
By Chad Hilliker
During the past several weeks I have had an opportunity to talk with many of you about our upcoming levy. It has been a wonderful opportunity to engage the community and answer questions. As your Superintendent, meeting new people and hearing firsthand about their interest in our schools confirms my belief that our residents take great pride in what we do every day.
Loveland City School District has placed a 5.6 mill levy on the May 6 ballot. The expectation is that passage of this levy will allow our district to remain off of the ballot for a minimum four years. The 5.6 mill levy will cost property owners $196 per $100,000 of appraised real estate. If successful, collection would begin in January 2015. Additionally, per the County Auditor, beginning in 2016, taxpayers will see a reduction of approximately $48 per $100,000 of appraised real estate value due to the retirement of district bonds.
The majority of this levy will be used to maintain current programs and operations. A portion of the levy request will be used to strengthen technology across the district, expand K-12 opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, and improve counseling and reading services for our younger students. The bar has been set higher for our students and we must do all we can to ensure their success in a very competitive world. As superintendent, I have told our staff that we cannot be satisfied with the status quo, but must always examine what we need to do better. As a community, you have provided excellent feedback and input to make our district improve.
There are many things we can be proud of about our district… the fact that Loveland City Schools has earned an Excellent rating 12 straight years by the state. What an accomplishment! I tell people that last year our seniors earned $12.8 million in scholarships. Way to go, graduates! I’m proud of the fact that we run our programs and services as financially efficient as possible. I want to hear you tell us that we are good financial stewards. On a per pupil spending basis, Loveland is below the state average and one of the lowest of similar Excellent rated area districts. Over the last three years the district has saved more than $1.5 million through new initiatives and cost-saving measures. The district has consistently worked hard to reduce spending and achieve cost savings, without compromising the quality of education.
On Tuesday, May 6, your Yes vote will continue the tradition of strong community support for our schools. As both a resident and superintendent of schools, it is gratifying to know that our community values and takes great pride in their schools.
It is my honor and privilege to serve as the educational leader of this outstanding district.
Dedicated to the future of our students,
Chad Hilliker is Loveland City School District superintendent