PRINCETON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS
BALLOT ISSUE ON NOVEMBER 5
October 7 - Voter Registration Deadline
October 8 - Early Voting Begins
November 5 - Election Day
ABOUT THE NOVEMBER 5, 2019 BALLOT ISSUE
It will help fund day-to-day operations of our schools, such as support services, staffing, utilities, and instructional supplies.
The levy will cost $12.40 per month per $100,000 home market value (per the county auditor’s website).
We have prolonged the previous levy to last three years longer than expected. We have had to cut over $26 million from our budget since 2004 to offset funding reductions from the state. Our revenue has been flat even though expenses are increasing as a result of inflation and increasing district enrollment. Enrollment has increased by over 925 students since the last operating levy was passed.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT PASSES?
Critical funding for current quality academic programs and services that we value in Princeton will continue. In addition, the district will continue to ensure efficient operations. The Princeton Board of Education has made a commitment that this levy will last for two fiscal years.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT FAILS?
The district would experience a crisis that would cause massive personnel reductions and the elimination of many programs that differentiate Princeton from other districts. Any reductions will have a significant impact on academic programming in our schools.
The district focuses on communicating the urgent need, state funding to residents
The Princeton City Schools Board of Education took the first of two necessary votes at the July 22, 2019, board meeting to place a 4.25-mill operating levy on the November 5, 2019 ballot.
This request comes after the district postponed its initial ballot request for an operating levy until November 2019, citing the need for additional communications with its residents as reasons for the deferment.
“Through conversations with hundreds of community residents at dozens events throughout the school district, we overwhelmingly heard that they wanted more time to collect the facts in order to make an informed decision about the future of our schools,” said Tom Burton, superintendent of Princeton City Schools. “But the fact remains that, even though we continue to manage our finances in a conservative manner and look for ways to be more efficient every day, we are facing an urgent need for additional funding; that is just the way school funding works in our state.”
The district prolonged the preceding levy to last five years longer than expected and has cut over $26 million from its budget since 2004 to offset funding reductions from the state, maintaining almost flat revenue even though expenses are increasing as a result of increasing district enrollment.
Passage of the November operating levy will allow the district to maintain the well-rounded, quality academic programming for students that the community has come to expect as well as eliminate the need to make dramatic, district-wide cuts to programs and services, according to Mary Cleveland, board president.
“Cuts hurt our schools, they hurt our students and they hurt our community,” said President Cleveland. “If we must continue without additional funds, then we must make drastic reductions to the programming and services that we offer.”
District administrators and the board of education will begin identifying the cuts and reductions that will need to be made if the November ballot issue does not pass and will announce those in the fall.
President Cleveland reassures that these cuts are not just a threat. “This is the reality we face as a public school district in the state of Ohio. We must rely on the support of our residents to ensure we can provide a quality education that our community expects and our students deserve, an education that prepares and empowers each student for college, career, and life success.”
The 4.25-mill operating levy will cost taxpayers $12.40 monthly per $100,000 in property market value. If passed, the collection will begin in 2020. This operating levy will fund the day-to-day operations of the district, such as staffing, utilities, and supplies. None of the funds from this levy will be used for the construction of new facilities.
To formally place a levy on the ballot, the Board of Education is required by the state of Ohio to pass two resolutions: a Resolution of Necessity and a Resolution to Proceed. A recommendation for the Resolution to Proceed will be included on the Special August 2nd board meeting agenda. For more information about the Princeton City School District or the November ballot issue, please visit the Levy Information tab on the website.
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You are invited to attend these public events. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak directly with Superintendent Tom Burton and Treasurer Chris Poetter.
October 2 - Ignite 3.0: We Ready! Seven students will battle with five educators (including Mr. Burton) in the showdown event, Middletown High School, Miller Arena, 601 N. Breiel Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042 @ 6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
October 3 – Elementary Conferences, all elementary schools @ 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please call 513.864.1093 for an appointment.
October 3 – Princeton Jazz presents: “Take a Step Back in Time: Classics of the Big Band Era!” Matthews Auditorium, 150 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246 @ 7:00 p.m.
October 7 - Deadline to Register to Vote
October 7 – PHS Fall Choral Concert, Matthews Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m. Mr. Burton will be available to speak with you before or after the concert; please call 513.864.1093 if you want an appointment.
October 8 - Absentee Voting by Mail; Early In-Person Voting begins
October 8 – Stewart Elementary Parent Teacher Student Organization Meeting, Stewart Elementary School; Mr. Burton will speak at 7:00 p.m.
October 9 – Community Conversation, Springdale Recreation Center, 11999 Lawnview Avenue @ 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
October 9 – Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally, starts @ 6:30 p.m. Parade goes down the hill at Viking Way, turns right at the entrance to the big parking lot at the corner of Sharon and Chester Roads, the parade moves along the drive at the parking lot, turns left onto Sharon Road, then turns left onto Chester Road and ends at stadium.
October 11 – Homecoming; “Coming Home” Reception Alumni “Coming Home” food and festivities under the tent outside of Viking Village @ 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Varsity Football game vs. Fairfield, Mancuso Field at Jake Sweeney Automotive Stadium.
October 12 – Hall of Fame Banquet; ticket required;
October 14 – Board of Education Meeting, Princeton Admin. Center, 3900 Cottingham Drive @ 6:30 p.m.
October 15 – PCMS Parent Teacher Association Meeting, PCMS DEN 200 Viking Way @ 6:30 p.m.
October 15 – Woodlawn Parent Teacher Association Meeting, Woodlawn Elementary @ 7:00 p.m.
October 16 – Glendale Parent Teacher Association Meeting, Glendale Elementary @ 6:30 p.m.
October 21 – Evendale Parent Teacher Association Meeting, Evendale Elementary @ 6:30 p.m.
October 23 – Community Conversation, Evendale Recreation Center, 10500 Reading Road @ 9:00 a.m.
October 23 – Heritage Hill Parent Teacher Organization Meeting, Heritage Hill Elementary @ 5:30 p.m.
October 23 – Sharonville Parent Faculty Organization Meeting, Sharonville Elementary @ 6:30 p.m.
October 24 – Community Conversation, Lincoln Heights Village Hall, 1201 Steffen Ave @ 6:30-8:00 p.m.
October 25 – Community Chat, Heritage Hill Elementary @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
October 29 – Community Conversation, Woodlawn Rec Center, 10050 Woodlawn Blvd @ 5:45- 6:45 PM
October 30 – Community Conversation, Sharonville Library, 10980 Thornview Drive @ 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
November 5, 2019 – Election Day
November 6, 2019 – Business/Community Partners' Breakfasts, Princeton High School Cafeteria, 100 Viking Way @ 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.; RSVP recommended - please call 513.864.1093.