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Special Edition Issue 11 Your Mayfield Schools newsletter
The Mayfield Board of Education has placed a 5.9 mill combination levy on the March 6 ballot. The levy’s two parts include a 5.4 mill operating piece to pay for daily operating expenditures and a one-half-of-one mill continuing permanent improvement levy to pay for capital expenditures such as technology.
Voters last passed a levy for district operations in 2008, which was a 6.9 mill combination levy for both operations and capital expenditures. That levy was originally slated to last three years; however, the district was able to stretch it to four years due to budget reductions and a two-year pay freeze for all personnel.
"Our teachers and other staff members have shown their commitment to our communities by taking wage freezes not only to their base pay, but they also agreed to a pay freeze on seniority-based steps and are paying more for health care," said Superintendent Phillip Price. "This helps tremendously but does not eliminate the need for additional funds to keep our schools strong."
Strong majority of citizens rate schools as "Good Value"
Citizens in the communities served by Mayfield City Schools give their school system solid grades for fiscal management and rate the schools "a good value" for the tax dollars they’ve invested in the classroom.
Mayfield’s recent survey asked 400 citizens selected at random whether "voters like me get good value for the money they pay" to fund the schools. The results were stunning!
Fully 76 percent of respondents agreed that Mayfield schools are a good value, and widespread support was indicated for the quality of fiscal reporting and how the district sets its priorities to maximize resources in the classroom.
"Our Board of Education believes passionately in supplying honest figures about the budget and in seeking levy support only when it’s a last resort," said Board President Sue Groszek. "That’s why there was no levy in 2011. We cut $2.5 million from the budget and got another year out of the previously passed levy. It was hard work but the right course to follow in difficult times. These poll figures indicate that our fellow taxpayers feel Mayfield Schools provide value for their investment. We’re grateful for the support."
Press release: Board votes to place levy on March ballot