KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s issue number three on the ballot and for Kettering City Schools, it’s one of the most important issues, this upcoming election.
The district is asking voters to approve a 5.99 mill levy, this November.
Superintendent Scott Inskeep says the levy’s passage will provide much needed funding for day-to-day operations, as well as other things, like safety and security.
“Right now we have one full time police officer at Fairmont High School,” Inskeep said. “We’ll be adding two additional full time officers at both of our middle schools, as well additional officers who will work on our elementary schools.”
According to a press release, the money will also allow the district to expand its security camera system and install door barricades in classrooms.
Another big initiative: implementing all-day kindergartens across the district.
“All day, every day,” Inskeep said. “It’s very important. This will not be able to be implemented unless we pass this particular initiative.”
Other changes: enhanced mental health services and counseling, more school nurses, and an expansion to the district’s Career Tech Center which prepares high school graduates for jobs.
If approved by voters the levy will generate approximately $7.5 million annually. For a home valued at $100,000 – it’s an additional $17.47 per month.
Inskeep called the levy’s passage, critical.
“We rely on levies extensively,” Inskeep said. “This levy has a huge impact. Because not only is it for continued operations that we currently have but it is also for those additional programs that I mentioned.”