It is unbelievable how quickly this school year is passing us by. Only nine weeks left! What an amazing year we are having in the Columbia Local Schools! Once again, our students and teachers have accomplished so much. Our students have access to a high quality education supported by a tremendously skilled staff. We are able to provide this support to each student thanks in part to the support that we receive from each of you. I am delighted with our district’s steady progress and our community’s steadfast support of our schools.
CLSD is looking to reach out to the community to improve communication. We will provide a newsletter highlighting our students and school district. It will be added as an insert in the Rural Urban Record. The newsletter will be called “Raider Reflections.” Beginning next year, it will arrive in households three times a year; fall, winter and spring. Our 5-year strategic plan will be communicated at the annual “State of the Schools” address on April 22nd at 6:30 pm at CMS. The committees have set many goals to accomplish in the future. Thanks to all of the parents, staff and community members that helped create it. Communication will also be improved through a new, easier to navigate website. The new website will be revealed in May.
On Tuesday, May 5th CLSD will have two renewal levies on the ballot, Issue 11 and 12. Both of these levies are renewals and WILL NOT increase taxes. Below I have provided a copy of the ballot language and explanation:
ISSUE #11 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)
A renewal tax for the benefit of the Columbia Local School District for the purpose of general permanent improvements at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.20 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2015, first due in calendar year 2016.
A permanent improvement levy can only be used to construct, add to or repair buildings, lay sidewalks, build parking lots, purchase computers and equipment, buses and make many other such improvements to school property and assets. They are generally considered to be items lasting for five years or more. The proceeds from a permanent improvement levy can’t be used for the district's current operating expenses. This levy was originally approved by voters in 2010. It will generate the same dollar amount for the district if passed.
ISSUE #12 PROPOSED TAX LEVY (RENEWAL)
Shall a levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the Columbia Local School District for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district in the sum of $625,000 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 3.13 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.313 for each hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 5 years, commencing in 2015, first due in calendar year 2016.
An emergency levy is defined by the state as a property tax that serves as a limited operating levy proposed for a specific dollar amount. This levy was first approved by voters in the year 2000, renewed in 2005 and again in 2010. The original millage in 2000 was 4.94 mills and has reduced to 3.13 mills. These funds are used for district operations such as employee compensation, supplies, materials and utilities. It will generate the same dollar amount it did in 2000.
The quality of our schools is critical to the health, economy, reputation and future of our community. Most importantly, to ensure our students are fully prepared for college, careers and citizenship. Please take the time to cast your vote on May 5th! I am proud to be the superintendent of such an amazing school district. I am grateful to our students, parents, staff and community for making CLSD such a special place for young people to learn and grow. I wish all of you a safe and relaxing spring break!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (440) 236-5008.
Columbia Local Schools