As the new school begins, the Edison Local School District can take pride in our second year in a row of being classified as excellent by the state department of education.
This distinction is the result of a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of a wide range of criteria and reflects the success of our students and the hard work of our staff and teachers.
In spite of that good news, our schools are facing tough times.
We have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal and state funding:
$900,000 in lost federal stimulus money.
$470,000 in lost state funding.
In light of these losses, we have made large and continuing cuts.
At the end of the 2004-05 school year there were 314 staff members. At the beginning of this school year, there are only 218 staff members, a cut of just almost one third.
We have also reduced our cost of pension and health care by an additional $1.1 million.
As a result, the board of education has placed on the November ballot a levy of 9.45 mills. The facts of this levy are:
The monthly cost for a $100,000 home will be $24 a month
The monthly cost for a $100,000 home with a senior homestead exemption will be $18 a month.
As you see, our community is facing a turning point. We must stand up for our children, for their education, for their future.
Only with an educated community will we be able to attract the kinds of jobs our community needs. The kinds of jobs that require an education require a community that values education.
We have been that community and will continue to be that community.
One important thing is that the passage of the levy will not mean new spending on any new programs. It will only allow us to sustain the programs that currently exist.
The coming debate about this levy as the November vote approaches is very important and I hope you pay close attention to it. And, if you have any questions at all, I ask that you give me a call and discuss them at the school board offices at (740) 282-0068 or (330) 532-4590.
(Quattrochi is superintendent of the Edison Local School District.)