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District seeking support for levy

Alissa Widman Neese • Sep 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

New superintendent Dennis Muratori honed his message Wednesday to a group of about 20 individuals, part of a newly formed levy committee of more than 100 individuals known as Citizens for Huron Schools.

“Wherever there is a crowd, we need to tout what we are as a district,” Muratori said. “That campaign is ongoing, beyond the upcoming levy vote.”

Amy Roldan and Brad Hartung, two district parents and active community members, created the grassroots committee this summer to promote an upcoming Huron Schools levy vote.

The district’s five-year, 5.9-mill operating levy is up for renewal in November, the first time since voters approved it in 2008 — and they’re not taking anything for granted.

“We can’t just assume a renewal’s going to pass just because it won’t increase taxes,” Roldan said. “We need to keep everyone informed.”

The committee’s goals go well beyond simple campaigning.

Its members also strive to reconnect the district and community, especially considering the divisive aftermath of firing its former superintendent. Although the issue isolated some community members earlier this year, several are hoping to move forward together.

“This is about face time, reconnecting with the community and sharing what we do and what we offer,” Muratori said. “This serves many facets of moving the district forward and part of that is re-engagement and listening to our stakeholders.”

Citizens for Huron Schools first met Aug. 13. The group meets 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the McCormick Junior High School auditorium, 325 Ohio St., branching into subcommittees to organize specific efforts. Anyone can attend the meetings.

Its first public appearance will be Sept. 13 at the Huron High School cafeteria for its first fundraising event, a spaghetti dinner prior to the school’s first varsity football game. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors and will be available at the door.

Several local businesses plan to support the endeavor, including Cornell’s Foods and Huron Market.

As the November vote comes closer, Huron residents can expect to see yard signs, door-to-door campaigners, pep rallies and more public outings, Hartung said.

We’re researching which precincts may not have had the best turnout in 2008, and we’re focusing our efforts,” he said. “We want to keep letting people know how proud we are of Huron Schools and all they’ve accomplished. Ultimately it’s about keeping everyone informed.”

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