River View School Board placing levy renewal on November ballot

| August 4, 2015

WARSAW – On Monday, the River View Board of Education voted to place a renewal of the district’s 4.8 mill operating levy on the ballot this November. This levy, first approved by voters in 1991 and subsequently renewed five times since then, will not raise taxes and will provide the schools with critical financing to maintain their current programs and services.

“This is a levy renewal that will not raise taxes,” said River View School Board President Brent Porteus. “And the revenue helps us provide the quality education our residents have come to expect.”

The issue will generate more than $2,000,000 for River View Local Schools, but passing this issue is only the first step in the district’s broader plans to address their most pressing issues.

“Our schools need to operate, so we have to pass this levy renewal first,” said Superintendent Dalton Summers. “After that, we have to move on. When it comes to school buildings, we are at a crossroads. Our current buildings no longer work for us. They are outdated, inefficient, and many of them present significant health and safety hazards. Our kids and our community need something better.”

School leaders have been concerned about the quality of the district’s facilities for some time, but declining enrollment, sky rocketing maintenance costs, and growing health and safety issues have made this a critical issue that must be addressed soon.

“Folks in the community are going to be seeing a lot of us over the next six to eight months,” Summers said. “We have a lot to do and it is important that our residents understand exactly where we are coming from.”

For learn more about River View’s levy renewal, visit the district’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/River-View-Local-School-District or contact the district offices at 740-824-3521.

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