Sandusky schools have money to operate

Sandusky Schools tax levy attempts are now 2-for-2 with superintendent Eugene Sanders at the helm
Alissa Widman Neese
May 7, 2014

Voters overwhelmingly approved renewing the district’s longtime operating levy Tuesday, with about 70 percent supporting it, according to unofficial election results.

“We appreciate the significant support of our voters” Sanders said.    

“We interpret this as a sign they endorse the transformation work we’re doing, as well as the work that’s left to do. Tonight, the community said, ‘We love and support our kids’”

Watch video of their reaction in the player below

The 3.275-mill, five-year renewal levy has generated $1.5 million a year for the district since 1989. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $100 in taxes a year, and its approval Tuesday will not increase taxes from the amount homeowners currently pay.

The levy’s success was crucial to ensuring longterm stability for Sandusky Schools, as well as implementing its newly unveiled Transformation Plan, Sanders said.

With the levy’s approval, the district is projecting a positive cash balance in each year of its five-year financial forecast, with a surplus through the 2017-18 school year. Its annual operating budget is about $41 million.

Sandusky Schools administrators, school board members, teachers and families hosted a watch party at the Brass Lantern at Sandusky High School, where the group celebrated its victory while sharing pizzas.

The group credited levy committee co-chairs Craig Hofer and Mary Aaron, as well as committee treasurer Judy Corso, as the keys to their success.

“This was a team commitment, and we couldn’t be happier,” board president Tom Patterson said. “Thank you to the community for its support of our students. This is the future of Sandusky we’re talking about”

Comments

bjm

Congratulations to Sandusky City Schools on passing their renewal levy! They have such a dedicated staff, both teaching and support personnel. I'm sure they and their students are grateful to have the support of their community!

doppleganger

Is it accurate that Sandusky School costs $41 million/yr. to operate and Perkins Schools costs $21 million/yr. to operate? Just curious.

Fordman

May want to move your students back to Sandusky if you had them in open enrollment to Perkins. Expect big things fro Sandusky!

OH-IO

It's great to see Sandusky High School recieve kudos for the work their doing. It's amazing that when they weren't doing so well there were literally hundreds of naysayers blogging about them. That says there's alot of miserable people in Sandusky. Great job SHS!

Licorice Schtick

It's a big mistake to think the comments here are representative of the population in general.

bjm

Perhaps, not, Licorice Schtick, but they do represent the voting population.

Licorice Schtick

No, that's no more likely.

reader

Nope, these comments only represent the opinions of blog commenters.