Superintendent urges support for Lakeview renewal


I strongly believe if you take a few moments to review the following information, you will use good judgment when voting on May 6. Lakeview Local schools has a 4-mill school levy renewal on the May 6, 2014 ballot.

Lakeview School District scored ”Excellent with Distinction,” the highest academic category, the preceding 7 consecutive years. Last year, the state began moving away from ”ratings” toward an ‘A-F” district grading scale.

We met 24 out of 24 indicators on last year’s state report card, but no overall grades or ratings were issued by the department of education. We are eagerly anticipating the first district letter grades which will be released this summer.

The prestigious ”U.S. News and World Report” magazine published its 2014 ”Best High Schools” rankings which are produced in conjunction with the American Institute, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Lakeview was one of four schools in the Mahoning Valley to earn the ”Silver Award,” the highest rating in the four-county region. US News and World Report ranked Lakeview in the top 10 percent of the nation’s high schools.

We are very proud of the fact that we demonstrate high student performance while our per-pupil expenditure is far below state average. As a matter of fact, Lakeview spends $8,441.17 per pupil while the state average is $10,597.21. Our taxpayers continue to earn a superior investment as Lakeview ranks 5th-lowest in total school millage in Trumbull County (out of 20 school districts). The state of Ohio has decreased our funding by $600,000 over the past two years by phasing out personal tangible tax reimbursements while annual state funding remains flat lined for 2014 and 2015.

Again this is not a new or additional tax.

Bob Wilson

Superintendent, Lakeview schools