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The Westlake City Schools Levy: What’s at Stake
Issue 88 is needed so Westlake Schools remain fiscally sound. Without Issue 88, we will have to make drastic cuts.
Cut an additional $2.2 million from their budget—including at least 30 teaching positions.
Delay upgrades to learning technology that prepares students for the future.
Reduce school transportation further, down to state minimum levels.
Restricted after-hours community access to Westlake City Schools facilities.
Eliminate Advanced Placement course offerings that colleges value.
Westlake Schools are accountable. We are in the bottom 25% of school taxes in the county and a good steward of our tax dollars.
- Our Schools lost millions in state funding in the last two years.
- Since 2009, our school’s revenue declined over $3.5 million dollars.
- The loss in state funding is not likely to return.
- The schools had to make tough decisions to cut $5.2 million from the budget.
- Eliminated 20 positions
- Reduced programming and transportation services.
- The new teachers’ contract reduces pay scales, increases employee health care contributions by 50% and requires additional work days.
- A 5 percent pay reduction was instituted for all new administrators.
- By sharing services, our schools operate more cost effectively.
- We lowered our millage request to make it more affordable.
- We conducted months of community engagement and listened to Westlake residents.
- This 5.4 mill levy will cost $16 per month per $100,000 in home valuation.
- This issue will last at least five years.
Our District has been a top district for years.
- Consistently in the top 7% of all Ohio schools
- Have nationally recognized and award-winning Advanced Placement programs (AP).
- Excellence requires resources for quality teachers, programs and technology. Keeping these things are critical for Westlake.
- Preparing students for college and good jobs matters in a competitive world.
After 7 years with no new operating levy and millions in school cutbacks, it’s time to re-invest to protect our excellent schools and community.
- The quality of our schools affects the quality of our community.
- Excellent schools help Westlake's property values and strengthen our quality of life.
- Excellence requires resources for quality teachers, programs and technology.