With a levy renewal attempt on the horizon, Evergreen Local Schools is hosting four community conversation opportunities during the month of October.
Superintendent Eric J. Smola and Brian Carroll, treasurer, will be having open office hours at different locations throughout the district to give community members a chance to share comments and ask questions in an informal environment.
“Evergreen Local Schools is dependent on the support of its community members, and having face-to-face conversations are important to us,” says Smola. “Getting out of our offices and into the community will allow us to answer questions, discuss factual information, gain feedback, and hopefully put wild rumors to rest.”
A 0.25% income tax renewal was defeated in May by a margin of 805-719. It passed among Fulton County votes, but both the Richfield Township and Sylvania Township precincts went against the income tax renewal with the Sylvania Township result more striking. Voters there, went against the renewal by a margin of 98-14.
Last year, the levy was responsible for approximately $670,000 of the district’s General Fund.
“If this levy fails, the district will be forced to make budget cuts of approximately $700,000.00 in the areas of staff, curriculum resources, transportation, and student programs. We need our community members to take time and vote,” said Smola.
Smola and Carroll said they look forward to meeting community members and discussing any school-related topic, including district finances, the upcoming levy renewal, tax dollar contributions, and athletics.
Smola intends to schedule similar events quarterly throughout the district to keep the lines of communication open all year.
Evergreen’s Community Conversation event dates and locations are listed below:
● October 12 – Country Charm Cafe in Metamora, from 9-10 a.m.
● October 12 – Richfield Township Fire Station in Berkey, from 7-8 p.m.
● October 19 – Evergreen Community Library in Metamora, from 7-8 p.m.
● October 28 – Wolf It Down BBQ in Lyons, from 11 a.m. to noon.