Strong schools are community foundation


On Nov. 7 residents of the Niles City School District will decide an important issue that will greatly enhance student achievement and support the daily needs of the district.

The 10-year, 9.25-mill emergency operating levy on the ballot would raise $2 million annually and help improve technology; maintain current class sizes and staffing; maintain current busing routes and update the aging bus fleet; and continue the limited fees for academic, extracurricular and athletic programs.

It’s been 12 years since the district last passed additional operating dollars. If approved, the levy would cost the average homeowner $18 per month.

This request for additional tax dollars comes during a time of less funding for state and federal school programs. Also, $1 million annually is lost to charter schools and school choice.

With decreased funding, the district has made cuts where possible, including the elimination of two administrative positions and busing for nonpublic and charter schools.

In deciding whether to support the levy, remember that a strong school system is the foundation for a strong community.


executive director

Ohio School Boards Association