Niles forms panel to promote levy

NILES — The Niles Board of Education met Saturday with school administrators and local residents to begin forming levy campaign committees and ways to help promote a planned 9.25-mill emergency operating levy for 10 years for day-to-day needs and operations in the district.

Treasurer Linda Molinaro said the levy would generate $2 million per year .

The board has given first reading on placing the levy on the November ballot.

A special meeting will be held 5 p.m. July 31 at the Administration Building to give final reading on the levy. A work session will follow.

Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said the owner of a $70,000 home would pay $19 a month. The levy is needed due to decreased state and federal programs, cost of charter schools and school choice, and no additional operating dollars for 12 years since 2005.