The Louisville Board of Education voted to place a 6.7 mill five-year emergency operating levy on the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 ballot. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $19.54 monthly.
The decision to continue with the same ask as the previous two ballot attempts came after a community survey where approximately 85 percent of the over 500 participants chose the 6.7 mill level to be able to restore the staff and programs that the District had to cut for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
According to data from the Ohio Department of Education, Louisville ranks in the lowest five percent for the amount of money it receives on a per-pupil basis when compared with the other 606 Ohio Districts. In addition, State data shows that Louisville is also in the lowest 5 percent for the amount spent on a per-pupil basis. This means that 95% of the other Ohio public school Districts receive and spend more money per pupil than Louisville.
Board President Frank Antonacci stated, “Although we are operating in uncertain times, the fact remains that the District needs more revenue to sustain the staff and programming that we have been accustomed to. It is what our kids need and deserve.” Superintendent Michele Shaffer added, “Louisville has a long history of running efficiently on a tight budget while producing great results for our students. This levy request is needed to continue that tradition of excellence.”
If the levy passes: