Thursday, May 9, 2013
Narrow victory of levy results in comments, cheers and concerns.
The passage of Issue 10 by a 52 percent margin means a good portion of the community is breathing a sigh of relief, but almost half are frustrated. Passage of the 10-year levy will result in a tax increase of $253.58 for every $100,000 of home valuation. “Avon Lake City Schools has to say ‘thank you,’” Superintendent of Schools Bob Scott said on Tuesday night, immediately following the election. “I’ve been here 8 years and they’ve been so supportive the whole time. We’re in a really tough situation right now and have been for a couple of years. This vote is saying not just how important education is to the kids, but the community itself.” Scott said the district has known for awhile how difficult the cuts from the state would be and wanted…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Voters in Avon Lake approve school levy, while Avon voters OK pair of city levies.
UPDATED 9:11 p.m. Voters approved the hotly debated 8.28-mill, emergency 10-year Avon Lake schools levy with 52 percent percent of the vote. Final, unofficial results show the measure passing, 3,192 to 2,928. In Avon, voters handily approved two city levies: a 1.90-mill, five year renewal levy for street maintenance and repair (736 votes to 276 votes); and a .45-mill, five year renewal levy for parks and recreation (728 votes to 294 votes). Lorain County voters approved two of three issues Tuesday: a levy to fund the county drug task force and a levy supporting Murray Ridge. Voters turned down a levy to fund expansion of RTA routes. Stay with Patch as we follow-up on this story post-election. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter too…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Final video highlights importance of the number "10."
An Avon Lake videography student has created a series of videos supporting Issue 10 that include a host of familiar faces. Take a look and you’ll see a bevy of Avon Lake “who’s whos” as well as some everyday folks with one thing in common: They all support passage of Issue 10, the 10-year levy that will provide more than $6 million a year for the Avon Lake School District. Junior Andrew Larson, a videography student at Avon Lake High School said the medium is both a hobby and a passion. “The videos were not my idea,” Larson said. “I was approached by (Avon Lake School Board member) Ron Jantz to help create them.” The end result is a series of pro-levy videos titled “10 for 10.” The quick moving videos feature a community member telling …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Information on the May 7 Election.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Board of Education member Dale Cracas supports passage of Issue 10
Editor’s note: This letter is part of a group of 5 letters from Avon Lake Board of Education members. The letters are in support of Issue 10, a 10-year emergency levy will generate $6.5 million per year at a cost of $253.58 per $100,000 home valuation. To the Editor: The school levy appearing on the May ballot is very important to me as a grandfather. Two of my grandchildren are in the elementary grades and two of them are high school students. The older grandchild is taking advantage of the AP and dual credit courses. The younger high school student is looking at taking those courses in the next few years. They are experiencing these more advanced courses to learn the expectations of college work. Research shows that students taking nine …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Councilman, who grew up in Lorain, personally experienced decline.
To the Editor: As an elected official in Avon Lake, I strongly endorse Issue 10. I grew up in Lorain and had the privilege of attending Lorain City Schools in the 80’s and early 90’s. The Lorain city school system that I was a part of was successful and a far cry from the issues that Lorain City School’s currently suffer. The decline of the Lorain school system can be traced to two events. The first was the defeat of the 1991 school levy, the failure to pass the school levy led to the cancellation of most sports (including football) and major cuts in academics. The second was the downsizing and eventual closure of the Lorain Assembly Plant. The City of Lorain did not pass another school levy for over 20 years. The closure of the Ford …
Passage of the Avon Lake School Levy will cost $253.58 per $100,000 valuation. Here's how the county arrived at that number.
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Patch will be adding to this list of correspondence through May 7, stating opinions both for and against the Avon Lake school levy. While letters can be emailed to editor Lori E. Switaj, they will be posted as time permits and posting will not be guaranteed. Please include a phone number for verification. To guarantee your letter is posted, please submit it to our "Local Voices" section and the link will be added below.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Members share their reasons why they are supporting Issue 10 on May 7
The five elected members of the Avon Lake Board of Education submitted letters to the editor explaining their personal reasons for supporting passage of Issue 10, a 10-year emergency levy will generate $6.5 million per year at a cost of $253.58 per $100,000 home valuation. Click on the links to read the full Letter to the Editor from each board member. Jim Stobe: Issue 10: Unlimited Opportunities For Students to Grow to Their Potential – “I want my children to receive a better education than I had, to have the very best teachers, and to go to school in a safe and positive environment.” Dale Cracas: Issue 10: Grandchildren Experiencing Success – “They are experiencing these more advanced courses to learn the expectations of college work.” …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
School board member Ron Jantz: We are producing an album full of snapshots that forms the foundation for the future of our Avon Lake students.
Editor’s note: This letter is part of a group of 5 letters from Avon Lake Board of Education members. The letters are in support of Issue 10, a 10-year emergency levy will generate $6.5 million per year at a cost of $253.58 per $100,000 home valuation. To the Editor: DeWitt Jones is a noted photographer who says it’s important to “Celebrate What’s Right in the World.” He does so by sharing the moments he captures through the lens of his camera. My wife Stacy and I love to take pictures too and we certainly celebrate what’s right in our life with these images. If we point the lens of our camera on the community here in Avon Lake, our schools come into focus. Stacy took a picture of our daughter once as she was thrusting her French horn in …