February 15, 2016
Dear Northmont City School Citizens:
As I reflect back on the 38 years that my wife and I have resided in the Northmont City School District, we feel blessed that we have been part of a community that has supported and valued a quality education for our children. Our own children have benefited from the quality of education that the Northmont schools provided them. They are now successful and productive citizens and are raising their families in communities that support a quality education.
Over the years, I have talked with people in the community who have shared that they moved into the Northmont School District because of the quality of education that is provided the children in the community. As an added benefit to us all, I can't help to feel that this has helped the property values of our homes. Needless to say, after all these years my wife and I are proud to be a part of this great community.
Now, as a senior citizen in Northmont, my wife and I stand ready to support the current school levy in order to provide the funding necessary to meet our schools day to day operating costs to maintain our existing quality of education.
Northmont City Schools have not asked voters for a new operating levy in six years. Unfortunately, the State has dramatically reduced future funding to our district. I understand that the anticipated State funding cuts combined with reductions from the last two tax reappraisals represent a total loss of $4.8 million for our schools. Since 2010, Northmont City Schools has made more than $5.5 million cuts to reduce the annual budget-including salary freezes and increased health contributions from teachers and administrators.
Without the necessary operating levy, our schools will face significant cuts that will directly impact our classrooms and students.
In closing, I ask for your support in the passage of the 5.9 mil operating levy on Tuesday, March 15 in order that our children and grandchildren can benefit from a quality education. Thanking you in advance for your support.
Dayton Daily News Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
Levy is commitment to community
Representing the citizens of our community was a passion of mine long before I took office as a board of education member. I chose to live here and raise my family here because of the schools. My wife is a Northmont alumni. I am committed to seeing our residents and our community succeed, and I believe Issue 19 for Northmont City Schools is what is needed at this time to make that happen.
For the first time in six years, Northmont is asking for new operating money. Instead of coming to voters sooner with that request, the district made more than $5.5 million in cuts to reduce the annual budget since 2010. The district kept a tight rein on expenses. And, teachers and administrators took salary freezes and shouldered more health care costs.
Now, Northmont is asking for Issue 19 because state funding cuts and the last two tax reappraisals represent a total loss of nearly $5 million for our schools. Without this levy, our schools will be forced to cut millions in educational materials and programs, teachers, and student services like busing before the 2016-17 school year.
Maintaining safe student transportation; keeping computers, books, and science labs updated; keeping quality teachers and staff in the classrooms for our students so they are well prepared for college and careers is necessary for our community. This operating levy will make that possible. Please join me in voting for Issue 19. Election Day is Tuesday March 15.
— KARL G. ESPELETA, CLAYTON
ENGLEWOOD CITY COUNCIL SUPPORTS NORTHMONT’S OPERATING LEVY
I am writing as Mayor of Englewood in support of Northmont’s operating levy. Last December the Englewood City Council voted unanimously to support this levy. The Northmont Board President, Superintendent, and Treasurer had made a presentation to us explaining the need. We were already aware of the cuts to school districts and very aware of cuts to local governments.
The school district and the city are all in this together. I’m not a realtor, but I always say the success of the school district helps to determine our property values. People moving into Englewood with families are coming for the school district. They know Northmont has high academic standards and is successful.
I am a retired Northmont teacher and the parent of four Northmont graduates. I have always felt that you get a good value for your dollar with Northmont. This levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 house around $17.00 per month. My husband and I usually spend more than that eating out one time. I think that helps put the slight cost in perspective.
Help keep our community a great place to live with a great school district.
Dayton Daily News Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
Levy protects property investment
As a longtime businessman who is passionate about the success of our community, I believe strong schools will be the reason our properties continue to rebound. For most of us, our homes are our largest investment. We need to protect that investment and our neighborhoods by continuing to maintain the excellent education provided for our students, the youth of Northmont. After six years of stretching its money and reining in expenses to the tune of $5.5 million in budget reductions, Northmont is asking for approval of Issue 19. With it the district will continue to provide our students an education that gets them ready for college and/or careers. Without it, the district will be forced to cut education materials and programs, teachers, support staff and student services.
The state of Ohio combined with the last two tax reappraisals have translated into nearly a $5 million loss of revenue to the district. The day-to-day operating costs must be paid from General Fund dollars, not a penny can come from the monies used to build the new school buildings. Our vote for Issue 19 represents your commitment to keeping quality high in our schools and community. Please join me in voting for Issue 19 on March 15. Every vote counts.
— PETE BARDONARO
Dayton Daily News
Monday, March 7, 2016
Supporting Northmont school levy
I graduated from Northmont High School in 1992. When it came time to raise my own family, I chose to invest in Englewood because of Northmont City Schools. As a community, we enjoy uncongested streets and our quiet neighborhoods. My oldest daughter graduated from Northmont High School and is now a student at the University of Dayton. She was academically prepared for college and is well on her way to becoming a responsible citizen, successful in her chosen career path. I look forward to her siblings enjoying the same success.
Opportunities for our students to learn and grow, both in and outside of the classroom, is what makes Northmont exceptional. Issue 19 will protect those opportunities and provide the needed funds to maintain our excellence in education.
I wish the state would do its job and fund education so a students’ quality of schooling would not depend on where they live. But until then, I will work to support our schools and protect our property values. Our property values have just started to rebound; I want that to continue and the way to do that is to support Issue 19 for Northmont.
— GIDGET PETERS, ENGLEWOOD