Graham Local Schools hopes to convince voters over levy

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CONCORD TWP, Ohio (WDTN)- Graham Local Schools has a long standing problem with getting voters to approve levies. The superintendent and some parents hope things will be different this upcoming November.

On Tuesday night, Superintendent Kirk Koennecke held a coffee talk in Concord Township with the hopes of providing more information about the district’s upcoming levy.

“After 26 years, we want people to ask the question, ‘Isn’t it about time for a reinvestment in Graham Local Schools?’ We think that it is,” Koennecke  said.

Tabbatha and Ben Greek are supportive of the levy and attended the event. 

“The levy is going to restore the busing which is very important to me personally because I take the kids to school every morning,” Ben Greek said.

Because of the levy’s failure in May, the rural district no longer picks students up from their homes and has designated pick up points. The failed levy cost the district thousands of dollars prompting the cut of 15 employees. 

More cuts to the budget and staff could be on their way if the levy fails again. 

“The problem is trying to reach everyone and explaining the need to such a large area. That’s the struggle that we’ve had,” Tabbatha Greek said.

Convincing voters will be tough. They haven’t approved a levy in more than two decades. 

Add to that the cost of the levy. Someone who makes $40,000 a year would pay $400 a year for the levy. 

While supporters poured over another cup of coffee, they hoped voters will pour over all the information before casting their vote.

Last May, nearly 600 Graham parents did not vote on the 1 percent earned income levy. It failed by single digits.

The levy would fund day-to-day operations and various school services. 

Voters are encouraged to call the district offices with questions, comments and concerns. 937-663-4123.

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