Earlier this month, Walnut Township Schools Superintendent Randy Cotner, Millersport Elementary School principal Angie Harrison, Millersport High School principal Jeff Stought and I meet with our state government representatives. County Commissioner Dave Levacy hosted the meeting with State Senator Tim Shaffer, State Senator Troy Balderson and State Representative Gerald Stebleton.
We discussed testing, student achievement, charter schools and our most pressing issue – state funding. The meeting last an hour and a half, and we made our case concerning the inequity of the state school funding formula. Walnut Township Schools must raise about 80 percent of their funds from local residents while other nearby districts receive a much higher proportion of their revenue from the state.
We don’t expect an immediate change in the state funding formula, but an awareness of our situation will be brought to the state legislature. Every district in the sate needs to make their concerns known in order to bring about the necessary changes.
The meeting was part of our continuing efforts to provide our students and community with the best education experience possible. Your support for Issue 3 is vital if our students are to compete in the 21st Century. A “YES” vote continues to give residents local control and an assurance your voice matters. Debbi and I will be voting YES on Issue 3 because the need is real, the urgency crucial and this is still a great place to live and raise our kids.
Vince Popo, Vice-President
Walnut Township School Board