WESTLAKE BOARD OF EDUCATION PLACES 5.9-MILL OPERATING LEVY ON MAY BALLOT

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After more than a year of discussions and careful deliberations, the Westlake Board of Education voted unanimously at its Feb. 4 meeting to place a 5.9-mill additional operating levy on the May 2013 ballot. The community last passed an operating issue in 2006, which was projected to last four years.

The Board of Education expressed it is important to achieve excellence while providing an exceptional value to our taxpayers. That includes an 18-month contract agreement between the Board and the Westlake Teachers Association. The new contract provides no increases for the first six months of 2013, followed by a 2.5% decrease for the remainder of the contract. Healthcare contributions also will increase by 50% and three additional professional work days will be added to the school year with no additional compensation. The new contract is anticipated to save the district more than $5 million.

Westlake now ranks 28th out of 31 county school districts, in terms of taxation. The Board sought further community input via a city wide survey.

The mission of the Westlake City School District is to Educate for Excellence. The district works to balance that mission with providing a great educational value for everyone in the community. The Board and administration have used creative thinking and frugality to extend the last tax issue and maintain the district’s excellent programming.

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