WINTON WOODS OPERATING LEVY
Election Day on November 3, 2020 - Issue #19
EXPAND THE 5-STAR RATED PRESCHOOL VILLAGE
One of the many ways this $3.2 million levy proposal will support our children and community is by expanding our Preschool Village. There is consensus in the field of education that investing in a high-quality preschool program can have a greater impact on the child, family, and community for the future. The vision of the Preschool Village is to have enough space to provide all children in the district with the opportunity to attend our 5-star rated preschool as well as have access to dental and vision services. The State of Ohio funds only 30% of the total operating expenses for preschool leaving 70% funded by local tax dollars. These levy dollars will be for operating expenses that will occur with an expansion of preschool including increased staffing.
Winton Woods City Schools believes students must first feel safe and secure in order to grow academically, emotionally, and socially. Because every emergency situation is unique, we continue to invest in preparing our students and staff for serious disruptions and threats. Like many other school districts, these funds will support an increased number of school resource officers on our two new campuses.
In the last four years, more students have become interested in the Winton Woods educational experience due to our quality academic programs and opportunities.
2015-16 => 3,589 Students
2016-17 => 3,744 Students
2017-18 => 3,803 Students
2018-19 => 3,840 Students
Fall 2019 => 4,049 Students
COST TO HOME OWNER
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Operating Levy - Press Release
The Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) Board of Education has placed an operational levy on the ballot for the election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The levy would generate $3.2 million annually for operating expenses related to educational programs. This is the first Winton Woods levy placed on the ballot in over 10 years that requests additional funding. “This levy will fund instructional services, ongoing educational and extracurricular opportunities for all students,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith. “In addition, it will provide funding for key identified areas of need including the Preschool Village, increased enrollment and additional school resource officers. We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to restore busing for high school students in the district beginning August 2021.”
What is an operational levy? This type of levy funds essential day-to-day operational expenses such as quality staff, utilities, and classroom supplies and equipment. In 2016, the district had a bond that passed and funded the new school buildings. “Proceeds of a bond issue cannot be used for operational costs of the new facilities. This is often a source of misunderstanding. Winton Woods City School District has not had an increase in operating levies since 2009, which equates to twelve years,” said District Treasurer Randy Seymour. “The levy to the homeowner is $243.25 per $100,000 market value per year.”
Why does the district need an operating levy? Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the district began to offer an all-day preschool option, as well as morning and afternoon classes. The transition from half to full day services increased enrollment greatly. “The levy proposal will support our children, parents, and community by providing funds to expand the Preschool Village,” said Dr. John Cuppoletti, WWCS board member. “This will allow our children to get a head start academically and socially. The district created an all day school option, so that parents can work while the children are in a safe learning environment. The care for the children will be covered by the levy, and will help families avoid the cost of child care for their preschoolers.”
With the two new innovative campuses scheduled to open in the Spring and Fall of 2021, the district’s top priority is safety. “Winton Woods City Schools is dedicated to keeping our students and staff safe,” said Executive Director of Business Affairs Steve Denny. “We currently do not have enough highly trained school resource officers. We need a total of four school resource officers to support our two campuses. The levy proposal will enable the four resource officers to keep our children safe on our two new campuses. These officers will be there if and when the students and staff need them. There are no substitutes for highly trained school resource officers or other funds to support this important safety initiative.”
“Our school district is growing in part because of the level of excellence in many areas such as academics, music, athletics, and our outstanding services for students with special needs. For the 2019-2020 school year, we increased enrollment by five percent. We anticipate continued growth especially as we open our two new campuses.”
In the last four years, more students have become interested in the Winton Woods educational experience due to our quality academic programs. “We have grown as a district and need to expand our system to make room for additional students,” said WWCS board member Gino McGowens. “This levy will help accommodate the increase in the student population that is over 4,000 students and continue its essential educational services for our communities.”
Where do campaign funds come from? The district cannot spend any tax money on a campaign to encourage residents to vote for this levy. However, a group of parents and citizens have formed a committee to generate support for the levy.
We have SuperCasts with various guests talking about our main levy points: Preschool, School Safety and Enrollment (below).
SUPERCAST: Episodes Regarding Preschool, School Safety and Enrollment
==> November 2019 - School Safety and Security
==> October 2019 - Student Enrollment
==> August 2019 - The Preschool Village Experience