MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education announces a series of town hall meetings to discuss the November emergency levy.

 

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19 Responses to “MV school board to hold town meetings”

  1. Joanna

    The schools have cut from their budget. They’ve not rehired when teachers leave, or retire. Before and after school programs have been cut completely. Summer school has been cut to the bare minimum. There is nothing left to cut. This levy isn’t about Freshwater, or about needing more money to operate a budget. It’s to replace what isn’t coming in anymore because of foreclosures and falling home values. It’s to cover what the state is telling the school districts all over that they will be losing once the budget for 2011-2013 is made. Instead of jumping to conclusions, go to the meetings and get the real information. This district hasn’t asked for a new levy since 1996. You’ll be hard pressed to find a school district anywhere that can say the same thing. Our children need a good education, so they can help our community become better once they’re adults. And before anyone asks, I am not employed by the schools, but I do have 3 children. I want them to have the opportunities that a school should offer.

  2. Jason

    I do not work for the schools. However I value education more than the people of MTV will. Once people understand that educated our youth no matter what the price, will expand our economy farther than any tax cut. The largest expansion of our economy came when we made education available to everyone, now let’s make it great. Schools should be palaces, teachers should make better pay. And parents need to get involved along with the rest of the community. Education is the linchpin no matter what the cost. And if you can’t see that, then enjoy crime, and a bad economy

  3. Dad

    How about this? We sell twin oaks, take a huge loss on it,and use the money they already had,and put it back in the operating expence account. lmao! the house values are alot higher in that area i guess? jason must work for the schools? I wouldnt give them a PENNY!
    We dont need a good school system for jobs,(we have obama) hell bring in the jobs.lol!
    People, ive seen it over and over again. if this levy passes,thell be another one on the next
    years ballet. thell just call it something else.

  4. Jason

    And at what discount was the property sold at? And where did you get the numbers? If the houses were estimated at 200k and sold for 150k then there is the problem.

  5. Kathy

    Jason are you writing about Southwestern in Grove City? If so, these number speak for themselves, 385 houses recently sold and 171 new home building permits in 2009. Pretty active real estate market for a district nobody wants to live in. lol

  6. Jason

    @rrd. Maybe you should get some of your taxes back so you can pay someone to teach you sentence structure and spelling.

  7. Knoxcat

    This is the perfect opportunity to voice your concerns to the board. If you don’t say anything to them they can’t listen.

  8. rrd

    Wake up people the school neds to livew within a budget. Pay to play sounds good to me. Not every kids in the school benefits from playing sports. If we can’t afford to keep our homes we are suppose to keep voting taxes in. I don’t think so. CUT, CUT, CUT and CUT till if live within the budget of the people. Where are the jobs????????????????

  9. Jason

    In those areas around Columbus the property values have diminished. But people still want to find a way to send their kids to those districts. However in the southwest city school district where they haven’t passed a levy in several years and can not get any new businesses to the area and the housing market has fallen off the cliff. No one wants to move their because the schools are in disaray.

    If you don’t think that schools are tied to housing, what do you think the first question families ask when they move? How good are the schools?

    Education is the linchpin to a great town, state, country and society. I am not saying that the schools can’t be run more efficiently. What I am saying is that there are larger implications than what people are focusing on.

  10. Kathy

    So we’re supposed to continue to pay taxes on something we don’t have. Good schools are not connected to home values. That is propaganda that you have swallowed from the district. Take a look at Dublin, New Albany and other upscale areas, they have better schools than we can ever imagine, and they have lost substantial home values as well. Tell me, what good did their schools do them? I’m not voting to give them another dime. They need to learn to live within the taxpayers means, and focus on educating the kids.

  11. sky king

    Jason, let me see if I understand you. After my tax dollars bailed out the teachers union I should now vote to raise my taxes to help support their jobs. I dont think so! Layoff some teachers, cut some salaries, no raises. Tighten up like the rest of the country and stop hiding behind its for the kids. Their union does not worry about the kids!

  12. Betty

    Jason says:
    October 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    Well since your home value is directly tied to the school district andits success and failures. You should vote no then your house value will continue to go down.

    What people don’t understand is that education is the linchpin to a great community. If our schools fail our community fails. What business will come to MTV if our schools suck? So please vote no, and you can live in this town after all the jobs are gone and your property value is zero

    Jason: I COULD NOT HAVE SAID THIS ANY BETTER!!!!!

  13. Jason

    Again. You can tighten up the budget, remove some programs ect. But if you cut jobs then you aren’t helping the local economy or the school district. So I ask what are you folks willing to cut from our schools? Sports? Arts? Science? Foreign language? Or would you rather go back to pay to play?

  14. Miriam St. Jean

    Am thinking the Mount Vernon School District is simply going to have to “suck it up” just as East Knox did………everyone’s broke – get back to the basics and slash the non-essentials.

  15. Jason

    Well since your home value is directly tied to the school district andits success and failures. You should vote no then your house value will continue to go down.

    What people don’t understand is that education is the linchpin to a great community. If our schools fail our community fails. What business will come to MTV if our schools suck? So please vote no, and you can live in this town after all the jobs are gone and your property value is zero.

  16. bdub

    just pay off freshwater for 1/2 of what hes costing us and no levy will b needed tyvm

  17. Kathy

    You’re right. I don’t think they know whats coming their way at these meetings. People are sick and tired of the wasteful spending, benefit packages of the district employees, while our home values continue to fall. We’re being taxed on ghost values, we’re paying for something that’s not real. I’m done. I encourage everyone to vote “NO”. We are.