Tuesday, May 3, 2011
School operating levy prevails in close contest. Anti levy group still wants new members on school board in November.
Musketeers Bar & Grill in Richfield was filled with members of the Revere school community and pro-levy group Families and Community Together for Schools. Their voices drowned out the music and people huddled around computers and phones as election results were updated on-line or text-messaged in by other members. A cheer went up after the unofficial result showed that, on the third try in a year, the school property tax levy had passed. “We got this one!” Dave Gifford, president of F.A.C.T.S, told supporters. Hugs were exchanged and chants of “We are Revere!” filled the room. The election result will garner the district more than $4.7 million a year in funds. The Summit County Board of Election website confirmed the vote, including …
Monday, May 2, 2011
Tax levy issue comes to vote third time, fourth planned if effort fails.
Months of work by people both for and against a new tax levy to raise funds for Revere Local Schools will culminate Tuesday when voters go to the polls to decide the issue for a third time. Mailings and advertisements in the past week have advocated the merits for and against the tax increase. About 800 pro-levy yard signs have been planted around the community, according to superintendent Randy Boroff. The levy would raise an additional $4,763,000 a year for the district. Larry Chlebina, treasurer for the anti-levy group Citizens for Responsible School Administration, has charged the district with improperly managing its financial assets, calling the district’s financials “disingenuous.” Chlebina also wants to replace members of the …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Administrators say school funding cuts make levy passage crucial and require pushback from parents against state legislators.
Whose financial numbers do you believe? Should a nest egg be spent now or will it be needed when bad times get worse? Those were the central issues debated at Revere Schools Community Forum Tuesday. The get-together was one of many expected to be held at schools and governments across the state (Copley-Fairlawn Schools holds its meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m.) The meetings are held to urge voters to object to cuts proposed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The governor has submitted a biennial budget to legislators that makes substantial reductions in state funding to schools and municipalities to close a budget hole of more than $8 billion. During the Revere meeting, Superintendent Randy Boroff posted contact information for State Sen. Frank …
Friday, April 15, 2011
Family and Community Together for Schools
Friday, April 15, 2011
As you know, May 3 is a critical date, not only for our schools, but our community. Revere’s emergency levy on the ballot would be the first new funding approved for our district in 10 years and is critical to its continued success. Revere is one of only 18 schools in the state to receive an "Excellent" rating 11 years in a row, but now faces a tough economic situation that puts its long-standing tradition of success in jeopardy. Because of the recently announced cuts in the state's budget, Revere stands to lose more than $3 million a year in state funding. The levy opposition group has not included this in its financial estimates. Additionally, they incorporate revenue growth for Revere as the economy improves, but in actuality revenue …
Monday, April 4, 2011
Students hear symphony orchestra, watch Dancing Wheels.
Before Copley-Fairlawn Middle School students were dismissed Friday for spring break, they got a little culture. The school hosted its annual Cultural Arts Day, a program organized by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association. Students spent half the day with members of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the dance company Dancing Wheels. Principal William Kerrigan said the PTA organizes different acts every year for the students. Dancing Wheels was founded 30 years ago in Cleveland by Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the first professional wheelchair dancer in the U.S. The company integrates dancers with and without disabilities. Members of the company showed how different styles of dance, such as ballet pirouettes and modern dance movements translated …