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OUR VIEW: Field school levy deserves passage

District has cut spending, but more local support is in order

Published: July 28, 2013 4:00 AM

A 5.5-mill levy on the Aug.

6 ballot in the Field school district will provide it with a stable source of funding that will enable the schools to recoup some of the funding lost in recent years and, most importantly, restore some of the course offerings and services that have been cut.

The Field district, which serves youngsters in Brimfield, Suffield and part of Kent, has faced financial challenges for several years and has been unable to convince voters to approve additional funding. There has been no new money from levies since 1991.The district has lost $1.6 million in state funding, which has added to its woes.

In order to make ends meet, the district has cut spending by $1.5 million in the past two years and is operating at close to state minimum standards. It has reduced course offerings, including physical education and art, cut busing and reduced spending in other areas. Teachers have been under a pay freeze for two years and are among the lowest paid in the state.

Despite this, Field has been able to maintain its Excellent with Distinction rating on the state report cards and takes pride in the education it is able to offer its young people.

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The 5.5-mill levy, which runs for three years, includes four mills for basic operating expenses and 1.5 mills for permanent improvements. If it is approved, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $173 in additional annual property taxes, which is less than $15 per month.

This is the fifth levy attempt in two years. Those who might view the levy bid as an opportunity to "send a message" to the board or the school administration ought to remember that it isn't a referendum on leadership but an appeal for the funding needed to provide a decent education for the young people who attend Field schools.

We strongly recommend a "Yes" vote on the Field levy.

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tom530 Aug 1, 2013 8:49 PM

The problem is field boe continues to have a spending problem.  Examples include hospitalization, which is much higher than average and has not been shopped in over five years, excessive compensation for non teaching personnel.  Giving this boe more money is like giving drugs to a drug addict.  No thank you!

skinny Jul 29, 2013 8:27 PM

I will vote for the levy because my child has quite a few years to go to this school system.  I do hope that whether it passes or not my child along with the others no longer take out the trash at the end of the day. i also, NEVER want my child to come home again and tell me that they had to get a broom and sweep the floor of the classroom.  Do we not have janitors anymore? I hope some of the teachers can also lose their attitudes-I experienced things this year from teachers that totallly shocked me. When I went to school the teachers NEVER acted like they do today. Maybe, this is why the school has such a problem passing a levy. I had a teacher call my child a liar and when the truth came out I was told I do not have to apologize because I am the teacher, what does that teach the kids??

codemonkey812 Jul 29, 2013 9:57 AM

We need to support our school with proper funding, then in november we can elect the people we want to govern it.

stanback Jul 29, 2013 9:37 AM

Thanks, Governor Kasich! When you get in front of a camera and bark about the new businesses (that do not pay any taxes) YOU have brought to Ohio, and how YOU have been able to get the "rainy day" fund into the the billions from zero, have some integrity and show what YOU have done to school funding and the effect YOU have had on the education system in the State of Ohio.

Ian_Maserb Jul 28, 2013 3:21 PM

Time to end public schools. They only serve to turn children into union-fodder.

redleg6 Jul 28, 2013 2:55 PM

From above article;

Field has been able to maintain its Excellent with Distinction rating on the state report cards and takes pride in the education it is able to offer its young people.

From www.edexcellence.net..."Ohio's education system ranked 10th in nation, but still earns just a C+"...January 19, 2012...Ohio has gotten a lot of feedback on our education system in the past few weeks.

On January 10, the U.S. Department of Education released a progress report detailing the Buckeye state’s accomplishments and challenges with Race to the Top funds. (Here is Fordham’s take on the report.)

On January 12, Education Week released the national report card Quality Counts 2012: The Global Challenge –Education in a Competitive World....Ohio ranked 10th nationally with an overall grade of C+ (79.5); slightly ahead of the U.S. average of C (76.5). While Ohio should be applauded for ranking 10th, a C+ is an average score that most states also received. It seems the Buckeye State is simply "The Best of the Mediocre States"...Results ranged from first place Maryland, B+ (87.8), to last place South Dakota, D+ (68.1), and a majority of the states fell into the C range...Ohio’s best performance was in the category "Standards, Assessments, & Accountability." This should come as no surprise. Ohio has long been a leader in the standards and accountability realm, and while many (Fordham included) have lamented that Ohio fell behind other states in recent years when it came to reforms like "Adopting a Strong Teacher Evaluation System", our Race to the Top grant has helped spur changes...

Ohio’s worst performance was in the "K-12 achievement"category. And again, this shouldn’t surprise many – the state’s performance on NAEP (aka the Nation’s Report Card) has been "Stagnate, and Unimpressive, For Years Now"...As states look internationally to countries like were Singapore, Japan, Finland, Canada, England, Hong Kong and New Zealand for education policies and programs to help advance our students’achievement, this report is useful to help Ohioans understand where we currently stand....

***The Buckeye State is simply "The Best of the Mediocre States"

Merriam-Webster:..Definition of MEDIOCRE: Adjective:.. of moderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance : ordinary, so-so...

Didn't the BPD Chief state the board couldn't  organize a trip to the bathroom?

Yep, give them more money, "It Is For the Children"

Rememer 70-80% of your levy money will go into the teachers/unions pockets.

It is only the cost of one Pizza per month.

That is the price of a Mediocre Education for your Children.

Sounds like a real Bargin

jrtaylor001 Jul 28, 2013 9:45 AM

The very weak argument for funding is laughable, lets see some numbers, drop out rate and legacy costs , then we can talk. The school board is going to have to be way more open to the public to change the perception of impropriety . good luck