Final Results In: School Levy Approved

Issue 14 will keep the district in the black next school year

Voters have approved a 6-mill renewal levy for the Strongsville schools, averting cuts in busing, athletics and other programs.

Issue 14 passed Tuesday 7,227 to 6,410, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

"The real winners today are our kids," Superintendent Jeff Lampert said. "We thank the voters for their trust."

The issue will run for the next five years, generating $7.6 million a year. The revenue accounts for about 11 percent of the school district's operating budget.

Had it failed, the district had one more chance to get it approved -- in August -- before . 

School Treasurer Bill Parkinson cautions, though, that the renewal approved Tuesday won't keep the district out of the red for long -- by fiscal year 2014, projections show a $2 million deficit.

"We still have to look for new money," Parkinson said.

Robert March 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
"We" are not paying Lampert's pension, he paid into it over the course of his employment, now he is drawing it after he retired from that job and working a new one. He could get a job at Wal-Mart and still collect his pension. While I find it distasteful and think he ought to be working for the district for a fairly low salary since this is his retirement job there is nothing illegal about it. Really troubling when someone "retires" from their position and is immediately re-hired to the SAME position. It would be nice to see limits put on "double-dipping" but too many of our legislators in Columbus are doing it themselves to ever curb the practice. Yup, I'm looking at you William G. Batchelder. HB 388 was looking to curb double-dipping, but NOT for elected officials, big surprise.
Momsdiamonds March 07, 2012 at 02:59 PM
You aren't paying his pension. He's getting one but it's not from any money you contributed.
lyn March 07, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I guess you could look at it as a pay cut, BUT I look at it this way: if this was in lieu of a raise, then lets say it had been a raise - then add 10% on to their salary, and that becomes an average salary of $77,000, right? (If $70,000 current average salary plus 10%) I don't think you want taxpayers comparing THAT number to other districts. As it is now, ours is one of the top paid, plus THE top paid in fringe benefits. I look at it as a much needed correction. Cuts and healthcare costs are passed on to employees in private businesses all the time - why should publicly paid employees be any different?
golf77 March 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
As mentioned previously, the teacher's pay and benefits ( and lets not forget the school administrators) need to be in line with other school districts. Becasue as I see it, it is not for the kids, it is mostly for the adults. Just remember, as you, the Strongsville resident goes out and maintaines their home, you are mostly doing it to maintain or increase your homes value, thus your property taxes goes up, which in turn, a good portion is going to the schools and not to our kids but the adults!!! And to let you know, everytime a homeowner or business owner appeals their property taxes, the school system sends in their school board attorney (who by the way, we the taxpayers, are pretty much paying for) to fight and find anyway to deny your right, "even when you have proof" to lower your property taxes. I have seen first hand, some of these attorney's they send in, and they don't have a clue about the appraisal completing on your property and the appraisal process, and that goes for a good number of people on the county board of revisions. The one thing that really sticks out with all of this, is the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled, that it is "illegal" to fund schools through property taxes, but yet our school systems and public representatives look the other way and continue to do an "illegal" act, go figure, only in America!!!
m smith March 08, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Sure pass the levy...then we will need more money? Big surprise? Cut some of the school board members, replace with volunteers, parents....who really care about the kids. Cut some of the administration at the schools. Does the high school really need all those assistant principles? Do not cut teachers....As a taxpayer I am tired of the threats to cut buses and activities....go ahead. Remember though, when you cut busing some years ago parents just drove the kids to school. I can drive again, we as parents can ban together and do car pools. Cut the school board, I do not feel that they do anything to help the schools. It is the teacher who helps students pass the OGT's, Iowas and any testing NOT the school board.


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