MEDINA — Medina Schools is exploring whether to place a 5.2-mill substitute emergency levy on the ballot in the spring.
The Medina County Auditor’s Office told the district that due to increases in property values, the 5.2 mills would generate about $6.6 million. That’s what Medina’s 5.9-mill emergency levy, set to expire in December 2018, generates now.
“The position (we’ll be in) is that in four years, we’ll need additional money, no doubt about it,” Superintendent Aaron Sable said at a work session Monday night at Medina High School.
“The position I want to be in is that we don’t ask for it until we absolutely need it.
“We will be asking for additional funds somewhere down the road.”
He said he’s not sure if that will be in four, five or six years.
How many years the levy might be on the books has not been decided.
Sable said a continuous levy also is a possibility in 2018.
“My hope is that in the coming month or two, I could make a formal recommendation to the board so that we can get this cemented,” he said.
He said several community groups are ready to help pass the levy.
“January will be the heart of the levy season,” Sable said.
Board member Rob Skidmore said Sable should wait until January to see who makes up the board. Six candidates are on the Nov. 7 ballot for three seats on the board.
- The school district has dropped about 400 students since 2011.
According to district enrollment, it has 7,261 students. At its peak, Treasurer David Chambers said the district had 7,800 students.
Medina has 2,959 students in its elementary schools. Northrop is the largest with 544 students.
There are 1,693 students in the two middle schools, with Claggett leading the way with 861.
The high school has 2,179 students.
“People are surprised enrollment has gone down,” Assistant Superintendent Kris Quallich said. “We didn’t expect a big boom (increase).
“We’ve seen a consistent downturn.”
One reason she cited for the drop is that 427 Medina residents attend other schools.
“Home-schooling has increased since 2012,” she said.
- Medina will move forward with its plan for all-day kindergarten in the fall of 2018.
“I see no roadblocks if the levy passes in May,” Sable said.
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