As a long-time resident of Tiffin with two daughters who obtained most of their elementary and secondary schooling through Washington Elementary, East Junior High and Columbian High Schools, and with 12 years on the board of education, I feel very familiar with public education in this community.
I know the superintendent, administrators and teachers continually work to stretch education dollars as far as possible. By the time the district has to ask for periodic financial support, it has cut corners, laid off staff and curtailed or canceled valuable programs to free up money for basic and essential curriculum. This district is very careful with its tax dollars and still leads many Ohio school districts in state and even national awards for excellence. Our students score above the state average in the Ohio Achievement Tests. Their ACT scores consistently are higher than average state and national scores. These are achievements of which we can be proud.
We say - and it's true - our excellent schools encourage people to look favorably at this community when thinking about settling in northwest Ohio. I believe when people ask, "What's good about Tiffin?" most of us reply, "First, we've got very good schools."
No one likes paying taxes, but to keep those schools good for our kids and for all of us, we need to grasp the nettle and support the renewal of the 4.43-mill, 5-year emergency renewal levy which will be on the ballot May 5. Please remember this is a renewal, not a new tax. Failure to pass this renewal will result in the loss of $1.6 million, which would be devastating to the district.
My husband and I always have supported our schools with positive votes for levies. Please join us May 5 as we again vote for the future of our kids and our community.