Show 'Raven' pride, back Ravenna levy

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I am proud to be a Raven and for good reason. Ravenna's school system has always delivered the goods and will continue to do so as the school board, the staff and the community work to keep our schools up to date and focused on today's and tomorrow's educational demands.

While attending a recent reunion of the Ravenna High School Class of 1963 I came to realize just how effective our school system is.

My classmates of 50 years ago represent what is right about public education in Ravenna. Our combined class success could be measured by shaking hands and chatting with professionals in a wide range of careers, good citizens and great Americans; real difference makers.I was assured by the experience that we just had to be Ravenna's finest class.

But a visit to the Raven Hall of Fame display in the high school, a very small representation of some of our even more distinguished graduates also illustrated a good point; that although the Class of 1963 was indeed a good one, it is just one in the long history of Raven Pride. Yes, the classes before ours and those after have been equally successful.

Public education works and works well in spite of continued challenges from many sources. One of our greatest challenges is providing a financial foundation that allows our school system to move forward rather than slip backwards. Ravenna township and city residents simply must expect a school system that continues to move in the right direction. Our students deserve that if they are to be our future successes.

Cutting back is easy to say but there comes a painful limit. Consider this; Ohio's struggling state budget was balanced by pulling funds from public education. Ravenna School District lost well over $2 million and we've trimmed, eliminated, scrounged and sought other sources of funding to makes ends meet without lessening our determination to be the best we can be.

Voters will soon have the opportunity to keep Ravenna School District on track by approving a 4.9-mill levy. There are unlimited excuses to not support a vital community asset but no excuse can equal the need for a quality education.

It is time for this community to show our Raven Pride.

Mike Tontimonia, Ravenna Board of Education member

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  • And just where are we who will have to actually pay the additional tax get the additional money? This is a case where only those who pay the propertytax should be allowed to vote on paying additional tax.

    More money does not cause better education. Maybe the board of ed should document just how more money will cause better education and be willing to issue reports on how effective their itemized improvements really are?

    Keying off trawls opinion...how did the new stadium befefit us who pay the tax?

  • School? What do they need a school for? How much do you have to know when there will be no jobs?

  • Some of us are still irritated that when Ravenna needed a school they built a stadium instead.