I want to thank everyone that worked on the Walnut Township Local Schools levy campaign. Your support, hard work and dedication to the students and our school is greatly appreciated. Additionally, I would like to thank everyone that voted for the levy.
The levy will be back on the ballot in August. The school board has no choice. We must have the money form the levy to operate. Without additional tax dollars, the state will place us in Fiscal Emergency. WE will be forced to borrow money from the state to operate and that money must be paid back to the state. Due to our budget cuts over the past five years, we currently have NO operating debt. However, there are several items that CAN NOT be cut to state law and/or contracts.
State officials have told us that without additional tax dollars, the district will be placed in Fiscal Emergency. All but the very basics will be cut. This will greatly impact our students. Foreign language, art, physical education, band, choir, a school nurse and sports are a few of the programs that could be cut. These are not required by state law.
I would like to correct some false rumors. The school CAN NOT close due to financial reasons. The state WILL NOT give us more money. The state CAN NOT force consolidation. It would have to be approve by both school districts. According to state officials, this is usually done within the same county. No other school district would want our high property values and low percentage of state funding.
It is no secret, the real problem is the state funding formula. However, that is NOT going to change anytime soon. Our schools must receive approximately 80 percent of their funding locally. The levy would have cost a homeowner 67 CENTS a day per $100,000 of property valuation. I feel strongly that our children’s education is well worth 67 cents a day. I hope that hose of you that voted no will reconsider in August.
Again, thank you toe veryone that supported the levy and our kids.
Walnut Township Local Schools Board