League supports Tiffin City Schools levy issue

The League of Women Voters of the Tiffin Area urges your support of the Tiffin City Schools levy May 6. The 4.9 mill continuing operating levy is necessary to support the quality of classroom education we expect our school district to provide.

The LWV believes that public school districts should provide quality education in order to prepare all students for life in our world. The league strongly supports programs, services and facilities that are above state minimum standards; are based on planning and prioritizing; and utilize multiple sources of funding to provide adequate support.

Tiffin City School District always has operated a very tight budget with very little excess revenue. The cost per pupil is one of the lowest of all schools in the Northern Ohio League and more than $2,000 less per pupil than the state average. In fact, only 16 percent of the school districts in Ohio have a lower cost per pupil than Tiffin City.

Trying to remain fiscally responsible, TCS was forced to reduce its staff by 30 employees during the 2011-12 school year. In further efforts to reduce expenses, the reconfiguration of grade levels K-5 and increasing classroom size allowed the closing of two elementary schools.

Despite budget reducing efforts, TCS still is experiencing expenses exceeding revenues. Without additional new operating funds, our Tiffin City Schools would be painfully forced to review all remaining programs and personnel. Further reductions ultimately would carry additional negative impacts for students and our community.

The League of Women Voters feels passage of this 4.9-mill continuing operating levy is the only acceptable alternative. Additional new local funds are needed to continue providing the classroom opportunities and services that we expect.

The League of Women Voters of the Tiffin Area believes choices should be made about programs, services and facilities above those required by state law. The league believes transportation is an essential service as are teaching materials, libraries, food service, remedial and academic choices for foreign language, advanced math and 3-4 years physical education. If extra-curricular athletics are provided, the league also believes equal opportunity for participation should be available to all students.

This community is experiencing an erosion of public school services. The only way to stop this loss of service is to invest in the future of the Tiffin City School District. Additional revenue is critical to maintaining our strong school system.

The League of Women Voters of the Tiffin Area urges your support of the 4.9-mill levy for the Tiffin City School District May 6. The district has demonstrated fiscal responsibility year after year. Any additional reductions would cut into the heart of this school district, reducing options and opportunities that individualize instruction for students.

Strong schools help kids get good jobs, keep property values high, and attract business. Please vote “yes” for Tiffin City School District.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.