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School operating levy is a tipping point
The Rossford School District’s 5.9-mill operations levy on the ballot next week is a tipping point for our community.
The small-town atmosphere that Rossford enjoys is becoming rare in northwest Ohio.
Other suburbs of Toledo can no longer claim this fellowship and cohesion–nor can they boast of the community spirit that overflows from Rossford.
But the future of this community looks bleak if the next decade brings fewer residents, poorly-funded schools and vacant store fronts.
Voters have gone 12 years without approving new operating funds for the schools.
Two operating levies are in place, but there are no permanent improvement levies nor a school income tax–compared with adjacent districts like Perrysburg, Eastwood, Lake and Northwood.
District officials have responded to calls from residents to reduce expenses. They have consolidated buildings, cut personnel and programs, and implemented new purchasing practices.
These efforts of tightening the budget to match the shrinking student enrollment demonstrates fiscal management.
Meanwhile, governmental pressure and bureaucratic regulations on educators have never been more burdensome.
In the midst of these difficulties, Rossford students are achieving in academics, athletics, music and drama. They continue to take part in service projects to support and improve their community.
But what would surely be next on the chopping block–bus transportation, athletics, extracurriculars, enriched academics–undoubtedly would spur parents to move out of the community. After all, why stay in a district when so many nearby schools offer more opportunities for students?
With the absence of those parents and families, local businesses will be next to move or close. A diminishing customer base does not help the local economy to thrive.
Students, parents, local businesses, employers, community organizations, churches, newspapers and property owners all benefit from strong schools.
The Rossford spirit has always been about neighbors helping neighbors through difficult times and celebrations, through accomplishments and tragedies.
At this time of change, the Rossford Schools levy deserves the support of local voters.
Your support can move this community into the future with stability, with confidence and with optimism,
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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