I am a teacher at Shadyside Local School District. Many people understand how important it is to keep our schools in Shadyside for our children and our taxpayers.
Consolidation is NOT the answer! Below is a fact sheet that was passed out at our last school board meeting about misconceptions some people have on consolidation.
We have many students who come to Shadyside from bordering districts to learn and enjoy the special, small school environment provided here. They don't want their children to be "numbers" and fall between the cracks as can happen in bigger schools.
And, consolidation does not cure the financial woes, as evidenced below. We MUST support the levy for our kids!
Previous Letter to the Editor quotes about Shadyside Levy:
With the Ohio Valley in decline, it is only a matter of time that consolidation has to be considered. I believe that this should be part of the school boards fiduciary responsibility to be looking out for what is best for the taxpayer.
The state should create financially sound operations ie: recreate efficient operating districts by consolidation which would lend cost savings and make finances go further.
OVAC/Ohio Consolidated Schools and Latest Levy Attempts:
Buckeye South Dillonvale, Yorkville, Warren consolidated.
Buckeye West- Adena, Mt. Pleasant
Buckeye North- Brilliant, Smithfield
Edison South - Springfield, Bergholz, Amsterdam, Jefferson Union
Edison North- Stanton, Hammondsville, Irondale.
Cadiz-Hopedale, Cadiz, New Athens
Jewett-Scio- Jewett, Scio
Skyview - Bethal, Graysville, Lewisville
These are just emergency, operational and current expense. I did not research other levies such as Permanent Improvement or Safety.
There are 14 consolidated schools in the OVAC on the Ohio side.
There are Levies on the 2013 ballot for 9 of those consolidated schools.
All 14 have had Levies on the ballot in the last 8 years.
We are asking for 4.61 mills.
The need for this levy stems from the drastic reduction in tax dollars due to the closed First Energy facility in Dilles Bottom.
In my opinion, our Board of Education has done its fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayer by not considering consolidation.