Sunday, January 4, 2009

Meeting Notice: Tues Jan 6

Tuesday, January 6 6:30PM
Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metro Library
Meeting Room

This is the second meeting for folks in our community who are interested in learning more about how public school funding works in Ohio, and what we can do to ensure that our school district remains both high performing and cost effective.

At our first meeting, we learned about how both residential development and personnel costs drive our need for frequent and sizable operating levies. We also explored the motivations of the various players in our community, including the city officials, school leaders and developers, and how they relate to the economics of our school system.

At this meeting we will discuss why the Ohio Supreme Court declared our current system of funding public schools to be unconstitutional, as well as potential alternatives. We will also dig a little into why educators want to get away from local property taxes as the basis for funding. Here's some pre-reading if you're interested.

We'll also talk about a timeline of actions that need to take place over the next 10 months, prior to the November 3rd election, when three of the five school board seats will be on the ballot. A key part of this conversation will be setting the mission and scope of our organization.

This meeting is not an official meeting of the Hilliard City School District, nor is it being coordinated with school officials, although members of the Administration, Board and Staff are more than welcome to participate.

No need to RSVP. Contact Mark Morscher if you have further questions.

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