Teachers aren’t asking for raises or fancy new toys. A 0.75-mill operating levy renewal for the Lorain County JVS is asking voters just to keep cash flow where it is now.
The vocational school in Pittsfield Township has an annual budget of $19 million and this five-year measure represents up to a fifth of that money, said superintendent Glenn Faircloth.
“Revenues from this levy allows the JVS to continue its academic and career-technical programming and to maintain its current operations,” he said. “This levy represents no new money of any kind.”
Faircloth said the levy, which will appear again as Issue 26 on the Nov. 8 ballot, has gone unchanged since first being passed in 1982. It costs voters about $23 for every $100,000 worth of property they own.
“We have proudly served this community for 45 years,” he said. “We provide 25 different programs that countless students have benefited from.”
In his time as superintendent, being more cautious with spending has become a much larger priority, Faircloth said.
“We make sure to create programs that are going to be active and that are going to benefit our students,” he said. “We want to ask the 13 area communities that we serve to look at Issue 26, look into our programming, and see how this JVS has supported this community and how you’ve supported us. Then make a judgement on whether it was a good return on your investment.”
If the levy were to fail, he said cuts to the school’s budget could become necessary.
“If there are doubts from anyone, I hope they contact me and let me know what we can do better,” said Faircloth. “If this levy doesn’t pass we could be looking at deficit spending in 2018.”
The school’s campus houses both a high school and adult career center. The high school services more than 1,000 students annually from the Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Clearview, Columbia, Elyria, Firelands, Keystone, Midview, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake, and Wellington school districts.
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Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media JVS superintendent Glenn Faircloth says the school could face deficit spending in 2018 if Issue 26 fails.