Save Plymouth-Shiloh schools; just say no to the repeal levies

Over the last eight years that I have been associated with the Plymouth-Shiloh school system, I have witnessed a lot of positive things toward education. We will have two new state-of-the-art buildings with minimal cost to the taxpayers, the district continues to demonstrate high marks on statewide grade cards by receiving excellent and effective ratings, the district has been awarded an Ohio school of promise certificate, and we continue to provide a quality small-school education that emphasizes student achievement and individuality. We have also had some negative publicity over the last few years but I think the positives outweigh the negatives.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Over the last eight years that I have been associated with the Plymouth-Shiloh school system, I have witnessed a lot of positive things toward education.

We will have two new state-of-the-art buildings with minimal cost to the taxpayers, the district continues to demonstrate high marks on statewide grade cards by receiving excellent and effective ratings, the district has been awarded an Ohio school of promise certificate, and we continue to provide a quality small-school education that emphasizes student achievement and individuality. We have also had some negative publicity over the last few years but I think the positives outweigh the negatives.

Recently an organization has set out to destroy our great school system with misconceptions about the truth. They were able to use negative publicity to get a repeal of two different levies placed on the ballot in November. What the public does not realize is that if these levies are repealed then we will no longer have enough money to operate and the state will take over and ask for higher taxes or close the school.

This organization says, "It wants accountability for our schools."

The truth of the matter is that this organization wants to close the school system because they have a personal vendetta against the district. This group is the one that needs accountability for their actions. If the school closes down everyone who lives in the district will have an increase in their property taxes, due to the fact that all of the adjoining districts taxes are higher than ours.

Our children and grandchildren will have fewer opportunities for individual class attention and extra curricular activities because the adjoining districts will be larger. The divide between Plymouth and Shiloh will accelerate in large part to the fact that we will no longer be in the same district.

I feel that the public has been manipulated and lied to, where's the accountability in that? It is time to stand together once again and speak for the children and say with a resounding no to the two repeals in November.

Jeremiah Balkin

Shiloh