To the editor:
On March 15, the Oberlin City Schools will have two levy renewals on the ballot. Issue 25, an emergency operating renewal, and Issue 26, a permanent improvement renewal, will cost the community no new money.
The emergency operating renewal provides funding to support academic, supplemental, and enrichment materials used in classrooms. The district utilizes operating levy funding to support programs like Accelerated Reader, purchase fiction and non-fiction reading books, STEM materials, and other academic support materials for our classrooms. Emergency operating renewal is used to fund classroom teachers and educational support staff for students.
Our school buildings are over 50 years old. Permanent improvement funding has been used to maintain and repair our leaking roofs, outdated plumbing valves and pipes, and boilers. The funding is also used for heating, ventilation, and air condition upkeep, as well as electrical repairs throughout the district. Permanent improvement funds were used to locate and repair a costly plumbing leak at Eastwood Elementary. The district continues to have many maintenance and repair needs, which impact our educational facilities. The district will begin its bus and vehicle replacement and repair plan once the renewals have passed. Some of our school buses are over 15 years old and in need of critical repairs. The funding will support the replacement plan.
The district has made great progress in the last five years. The Oberlin City Schools have a five-star rated kindergarten program, which collaborates with Oberlin Kids. To provide support for the program, the district will continue to host Kinder Camp, which provides enrichment and support for our young students. The district will also continue to support the nationally-recognized Ninde Scholar program in collaboration with Oberlin College and the Urban League. Oberlin High School continues to place 90 percent of our graduates in college, military, or trade school. The Oberlin City Schools are among the few schools in Lorain County that offer PK-12 busing and no pay-to-play athletic policy for our students.
The Oberlin City Schools need your support on March 15. Vote yes on Issue 25 and Issue 26 to sustain our progress and move the district forward.
Dr. David Hall
Oberlin City Schools