I have had the privilege of working as an administrator in the Clyde-Green Springs Schools for 18 years. During this time I have come to know that no other school district in the area has enjoyed greater support from the public than our school system. Over time, whenever a need has been identified to the public, voters have supported the system.
For 30 years various administrations and school boards have protected the investment the voters have made in our school buildings by wisely using the funds provided by the Permanent Improvement Levy. Funds from this levy cannot be used for salaries, benefits, or other operational costs. Instead, these funds are for the purpose of maintaining our buildings and facilities and the purchase of buses, technology, and equipment for the buildings.
On Aug. 7 the district is asking voters to approve a replacement of the current permanent improvement levy. This request is for the same millage that was set by original levy. There will be a small increase in the amount of taxes paid by a homeowner. This increase will allow the district to continue maintaining the buildings and facilities as it has done for the last 30 years and to purchase new school busses to replace busses in our aging fleet.
About one-half of the busses in the current Clyde-Green Springs fleet have more than 200,000 miles on them. State funding for buses has significantly decreased over the years. The state used to fund the equivalent of one new bus each year. In 2006 the district received a total of $15,997.00 from the state for bus purchases. A new bus costs approximately $70,000 to $75,000 and we would like to be able to purchase two busses each year.
The need is identified: new buses to replace the aging fleet. This has a direct impact on the safety and security of our children. I am confident that the voting public will once again see the need and respond positively to this levy request.
Clyde-Green Springs Schools