Princeton Levy Passes
District Continues to Focus on Empowering Students for College, Career, and Life Success
On November 5, voters passed a $4.25-mill operating levy that will provide additional funding to Princeton City Schools for day-to-day expenses such as teachers, support services, supplies, and utilities.
“Thank you to our community for supporting Princeton City Schools. The passage of this levy was paramount to continuing quality academic programs in our schools, and to avoiding drastic, district-wide cuts to programs and services,” said Mary Cleveland, Princeton Board of Education president. “We are mindful of taxpayer dollars, and as such, the majority of these dollars are used in the classroom, where they can make the biggest impact.”
In addition to continued efficiencies and savings in the district’s budget, the Princeton Board of Education has made a commitment that the levy will last for at least two fiscal years. The school district will continue to have one of the lowest tax rates in the county, even with the levy’s passage.
Princeton’s previous operating levy was passed in 2012, and was stretched to last three years longer than expected even with reductions in state funding. Since then, enrollment has increased by more than 925 students. Before the loss of funding, the district was seldom on the ballot for operating dollars used for day-to-day expenses.
“We are very grateful for the volunteers who dedicated countless hours to ensuring that our community was informed about the facts facing our schools, and for everyone who ultimately voted to approve the passage of this levy,” said Tom Burton, superintendent. “There is a lot to celebrate here at Princeton, and with this levy, we can protect and preserve the exceptional education, wide array of programs, and crucial services that our schools provide to meet the needs of our students by empowering them for college, career, and life success.”