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Renewal Levy Would Generate $3.9 Million For School District

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 4/3/2013Voter support for the passage of a five-year renewal levy on the May 7 ballot for the Mansfield City Schools is the goal of the district campaign committee. Co-chairs of the community campaign met with the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education Tuesday at the Springmill Learning Center to provide an update on the campaign. Campaign co-chairs Jill Haring, Gary Feagin and Kevin Nestor emphasized the need for the levy which would generate $3.9 million annually for the operation of the schools. "This is not new money. This levy was originally passed in 1993 and has been renewed every five years since. Wec want to emphasize this is a completely separate issue from the renewal that was on the November ballot," Nestor said. "That levy didn't pass and is off the books. The school district has already loss $4 million from that issue that failed in November," Nestor said. The media campaign for the levy includes 22 billboards throughout the city, 9,000 door-to-door levy cards, 600 yard signs and a Facebook page. The Richland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mansfield School Employees Association have endorsed the renewal. Nestor said the district has made significant progress over the last three years. Mansfield City Schools have earned an overall rating of "continuous improvement" on the Ohio Department of Education report card for two consecutive years. Since 2010 the district has cut more than $4 million from general fund expenditures, including the elimination of five central office administrators. District energy-saving initatives have saved $952,234 in utility costs since 2009. For more information about the levy visit www.mcsrenewal.org.
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