Willard schools asking for levy approval in May

District going back to the voters with additional permanent improvement tax.
Aaron Krause
Feb 1, 2013

 

School district voters in May will be asked to approve an additional tax for permanent improvement purposes.

District officials in November had requested voters renew a permanent improvement levy, but voters declined to do that.

Superintendent Jeff Ritz has said the district had three opportunities to renew its permanent improvement levy. Before November's attempt, the board had two other opportunities to ask district residents to renew the levy, but decided not to put the request before voters. So during this week's school board meeting, board members voted unanimously to place an additional permanent improvement tax on the ballot.

Details about the upcoming levy request were published in Tuesday's Reflector. To read more, pick up a copy of that issue or subscribe to the e-paper for less than $1 per week and read it now.

Comments

votelibertarian

we have to tighten our belts in this economy so should you. you already got a new school!

Whatthewhat

Yeah I'm done giving my hard earned money to willard schools. I'm already looking for somewhere else to send my kids to school when they start. There's no way ill send them to willard to many drugs and lets face the faculty needs some improvements. How long are they going let these things continue before they decide to do something about it!!

arnmcrmn

While I agree that the timing of this levy will not sit good with the general public, the bashing of the school system is unjustified. To many drugs in the school? Do you care to provide some proof?

Willard_man

Grammar check: It's TOO many drugs and not TO many drugs. Thank you.

There are drugs in all schools.

I had to tighten my belt to get through this economy and the schools are going to have to do the same. I don't have anymore money to give them.

believe it

Yes, there are drugs in every school. People that think it's just Willard need to open their eyes. There were drugs when I was in school too, you just deal with it and hang out with the right kids. I agree it is a tough time with the economy as well. The schools are doing the best they can too with what they have.

onlyinamerica

Whaaaa, weve frivously spent how many millions of dollars and now we need more? Just like drugs just say "NO"!

believe it

As far as the faculty/staff is concerned, Willard always has the best test scores in Huron county(or at the top for almost every category) so before people go and bash the school system, look at the facts. One of the better systems in the area based on test scores. So if you want a good education I'd suggest you still look at Willard if you live here. And as far as drugs...huh? Oh, you mean a kid that might have some weed on him? Yeah, that doesn't exist in any other school anywhere....smh.

Whatthewhat

You think willard schools are so GREAT? Then why are their enrollment rates down? As far as prof need to show of drugs I the school system I graduated in 2006 and I new many kids using heroin back then!!

arnmcrmn

Enrollment is down because there are not many jobs around this area which = less families moving to this town. Plain and simple. Kids that graduate and go to college do not return to this area. "as far as prof"...did you mean proof? new?...did you mean knew? Maybe another year in English would of helped? Or maybe you just always see the negative in the school system in Willard and not the facts that they get excellent ratings from the state.

votelibertarian

Wllard always has the best scores? A few years ago the state called central school out for failure.

believe it

Here's a stat for you since you don't believe it...Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Graduation Tests
Grade 10 - March 2012 Test Administration

% that Passed:
All 5
76.3% - Willard
75.3% - Bellevue
74.5% - Norwalk
73.0% - Tiffin
65.0% - Shelby
50.0% - Sandusky

Whatthewhat

Really? You call me out because I miss spelled a couple of words. Well sorry I turned spell check off unlike you!! There are plenty of jobs here and people aren't coming back because of the drug problem. You must one of the druggies. Lol anyway it's just my opinion you don't have to get all but hurt!!!

believe it

I don't even understand what Whatthewhat is talking about...the enrollment numbers have nothing to do with the school system. Every single school in this area has enrollment numbers going down except for Norwalk. As pointed out, there aren't as many jobs in this area. You said "There are plenty of jobs here"...which ones would those be? Willard is a good community to be in if you really want to be here though and will have a very nice new school here in a few years.

Whatthewhat

We have 3 large factories in willard plus the rail road. I guess those jobs aren't good enough?! Maybe welfare better suits your kind?!

believe it

Your intelligence is obviously lacking in this discussion.

Whatthewhat

I don't claim to be smart. I know one thing and that's willard schools are going down hill and in a big way. No new school or more tax money is going to fix the problem. You also need not to get so upset about what people say on here. It's really not that serious!!

believe it

How are they going downhill? On test scores Willard ranks pretty much at the top in every category in Huron county and had an Excellent rating recently by the state. And you don't have to claim to be smart or not, your "smarts" are showing by your posts on here.

Whatthewhat

Man o man you got all kinds of crap coming out of your mouth! But hey it's cool I'm sure my tax dollars are feeding you and your 8 kids!! Also schools that only have 10 students that do well on test tend to have scores number right?

believe it

I have zero kids and am a college graduate. Can you say that? And here's a stat for you regarding Willard's test scores...
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Graduation Tests
Grade 10 - March 2012 Test Administration

% that Passed:
All 5
76.3% - Willard
75.3% - Bellevue
74.5% - Norwalk
73.0% - Tiffin
65.0% - Shelby
50.0% - Sandusky

votelibertarian

One of those factories is closing plants left and right and have huge debt. The other cant have one more bad season, and they also closed a couple plants too.

onlyinamerica

After they close those factories and I hope that never happens. Just who is going to pay for a 28 year debt on a new and unneeded school?

believe it

If you really think its unneeded, you should walk through the schools and take a close look at things. I remember talking about it when I was still in school and that was a while ago. But then I guess it's also unneeded in Galion, Norwalk, Buckeye Central, Shelby, Seneca East, Mansfield Senior, Plymouth too, right?

onlyinamerica

I also went to school there and I thought buildings were fine as they were especially with all the updates. I cant speak for nieghbors/nieghboring communitities because i do not know thier specifics nor care to build or buy something just to keep up with somebody else. My newest auto is over 20 years old and I am content with it! You dont go out and finance something just to keep up with someone else. Enrollment is down, they are losing kids not just because people are leaving town. People are also pulling kids out to send to other schools. I know of several families that live in the district and send thier kids elsewhere and it is not because of the old school buildings. They have laid staff off and are now crying for more money. Doesn't make allot of sense the way they do things. If I had a family and all the kids were leaving and money was tight I surely would not go build a bigger house that I couldn't afford.

believe it

Obviously the people of Willard felt that a new school was a good thing since they were the ones that voted for it.

onlyinamerica

Obviously it was voted down several times first and they kept coming back again and again. Was voted in on a low turnout election that nobody heard about. I don't consider that a majority vote. I did not say it wasn't a good thing. Im all for good things. Just an unwise thing right now. 28 years is along time and with the way the town is dwindling they only ones left in Willard will be the few that voted for it. They can pay for it then.

believe it

^^^Very intelligent post right there. It was voted no twice, third time the voted yes. It doesn't matter what you think a majority vote was, enough people in the town felt it was needed and went out and voted. And it had to be done now or else Willard wouldn't have received any money to ever build one.

onlyinamerica

Sorry you feel that you have to cut people down to feel better about yourself. You should try working on the self esteem thing, I will pray for you. Several is three or more at least thats what they taught me in good ol Willard. My point is getting back to this tax they are asking to pass is they will just keep coming back again and again till they get what they want. They will do it this time also. Tax doesnt promote growth, just ask the good folks of California and other states that are in trouble. People leaving left and right. Where are they going? States that don't even have income tax, thats where. Those states are growing. As far as the "free" money from the state. Where do you think that money comes from? Money is not free its earned by someone.

believe it

See this is where you don't know what you're talking about. The money for the new school is coming from the Tobacco Settlement, so in this case it really is free money. If you don't believe me, read this from an article about it...

"In 1999 then Gov. Bob Taft switched funding for the program, using $10.2 billion Ohio received from a lawsuit settlement with the country’s four largest tobacco companies over their marketing practices"

And I don't have to cut anyone down, I'm just stating facts. Thank you for praying for me? Does that make you feel better about yourself too? I go to church every week, I'm just fine.

arnmcrmn

@only. The reason the previous ideas were shot down is because they were trying to go to big. They had plans to build 2-3 new schools and the price tag was a bit more and to the people, it just didn't make sense. So they condensed everything to one new building, freeing up utilities, prop tax, maintenance..etc on 4 other buildings. Plus this time around the figures were correct and the state was paying a lot more.

arnmcrmn

Whatthewhat has ZERO CLUE. RRD has laid off nearly 1/4 of its force over the last few years and from the talk, will not be hiring anyone soon. MTD cut out 2nd shift for a while because we had such a warm winter this past year and this winter didn't produce much snow either, and they are sitting on a ton of snow throwers. They are hoping for an early Spring. The Railroad is at a standstill right now because of declining coal production and shipment....just thank the EPA and Obama for that one. They aren't hurting, but not hiring either from what I understand. The hospital is not hiring anyone, the schools are not hiring anyone. Are there jobs, sure there are, but its far and few between. Bottom line, many towns like Willard are not GROWING. GROWTH brings new families into the area, hence...increase in enrollment numbers. You simply do not know math or economics whatthewhat.

Willards school ratings are excellent per the state, but we are talking crap? Well if you cannot read facts, and understand them, then might I suggest you research a little and find out before you post false things.

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