As a graduate of Ravenna High School, a parent with children in the Ravenna schools, a resident of the community and as a City Council representative for the city of Ravenna, it with "Raven pride" that I endorse Issue 1, the Ravenna School District levy. I am asking my friends and neighbors to cast a "yes" vote in support of our schools and community on Feb. 4.
There are many reasons to support our children and school district. The district leadership has kept its promises to be frugal with taxpayers' dollars. They are only asking for what is necessary to enhance the student achievement and school experience for the children of Ravenna. All school employees have taken a minimal raise while paying additional percentages on their own health insurance.
Specifically, the 4.9 mills will generate an additional $1.5 million per year to be used for technology, school safety, additional academic programming and to repair our aging school buildings. There are numerous mandates coming from the state that the school district must comply with without additional funds. The money is truly needed.
In comparison, just as we must pay to protect our personal assets, we must also each do our part to pay and protect our most valuable public asset, our children and schools.
The time is right. The time is now. Please join me in voting "Yes" for Issue 1 on Feb. 4.
Amy Michael, Ravenna City Counci at Large