By Sue Botos
A stepped-up effort to reach out to the community paid off for the Rocky River Schools as voters approved a 4.9 mil operating levy by a 6,206 to 5,101 margin with all precincts reporting.
After a 5.9 mil measure was rejected in March, the school board made over $1 million in cuts and held a series of community meetings to get input from residents on what needed to be done to pass another levy. The March levy was the first to fail in the city since the 1980′s.
Superintendent Michael Shoaf announced after the final results were revealed, “On behalf of the Rocky River City Schools, we thank our Rocky River School Levy Campaign Committee, chair Melissa Ferchill Swingos and treasurer Tracey Blossey, for their support of Issue 114. Issue 114 will ensure the needed funding to help our school district continue the tradition of providing a quality education for all students. Tommorrow and for years to follow, the students of Rocky River will continue to prosper in a caring environment that will prepare them for the future.
“I would also like to thank the many volunteers who worked so hard and gave so much to this campaign. Hundreds of volunteers walked door-to-door, made thousands of calls, put up yard signs, staffed events and made sure our message was heard. Our dedicated campaign team made the difference for issue 114, and our schools and our community are better as a result. We thank our team, our staff, our leaders and our community. Rocky River has a long history of supporting excellent education and Issue 114 protects out schools.”