On March 24, 1997, the Supreme Court of Ohio declared the public school funding system unconstitutional.
For 21 years, legislators have failed to address the issue. The funding system that we have in Ohio has become
so complicated that it is very difficult to understand. The current system forces many districts to repeatedly go
to their communities for additional funds. This process erodes the public’s confidence in our school leaders.
Fremont City Schools has done an admirable job managing its budget and has not received additional
operating money since 2003. The levy on the ballot on Tuesday, May 8th, is not additional money. It is a
Renewal. This levy was originally passed in 1993 and has been passed in its current form every five years since
2003. This will be the fourth renewal of this levy. The citizens of Fremont have seen this as a necessary funding
source since the students in our current senior class were three years old.
If the Renewal Levy does not pass, we would have to eliminate over 150 employees to make up this loss
of revenue. Please vote on May 8th.
Everywhere I go in this community, I hear about the positive momentum we are experiencing. New
elementary schools and a new high school coming soon, revitalized downtown, respected civic leaders, growing
businesses, and a flourishing public park system are just some of the things happening in our community.
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