The Westlake City Schools Levy: What’s at Stake

Westlake Schools are excellent but without this levy that excellence is at risk.

Our graduates are prepared to excel in college and the w orkforce.

Our schools are consistently rated in the top 5% out of all Ohio schools.

This 5.9-mill levy will cost $15 per month per $100,000 in home valuation.

 

Our schools lost over $4.2 million in state funding in the last two years.

The schools cut 17 positions & reduced programming to account for the state

reductions. This lev y will prevent further cuts that w ill negatively impact educational

excellence.

In 2006, the schools committed to making the operating levy last 4 years. Through

diligent planning, it’s been 7 years since the last operating levy – an extra 3 years.

 

Our schools have already made deep cuts to address funding reductions.

Our schools hav e cut over $4 million in spending by reducing staff, eliminating high

school bussing, and reducing training and other costs.

The new teachers’ contract w ill save over $5.5 million by reducing salaries, increasing

employee health care contributions by 50% and requiring additional w ork days.

 

Westlake Schools are accountable and fiscally responsible.

The school district earned its 5th consecutive perfect audit last year w ith no findings

and has been recognized for a clean audit for the last 18 years.

When completed, the new buildings  will be more energy efficient and cost less to

operate, sav ing taxpayer money while maximizing education opportunity.

Our schools w ere recently recognized by the State as a top school district for sharing

serv ices in order to operate more cost effectively.

 

With this operating levy, our schools keep what Westlake residents expect:

-Keep current programming without making even deeper cuts

– Avoid making further cuts to educational necessities

-Maintain excellent educational opportunities to ensure our students can compete in

the global economy and

-Avoid further cuts to transportation services

 

The quality of our schools affects the quality of our community and we must protect the

excellent education our residents expect.

Excellent schools make Westlake a more attractive place to live.

Maintaining the quality we have come to expect from our schools is a vital part of

maintaining our property values.

 

This May please remember to vote!

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