Voters in the Archbold Area School District overwhelmingly decided to continue to support the schools, Tuesday, March 15, voting more than 2 to 1 to approve the renewal of a $1.1- million emergency levy.
Voters realize the value they get from their schools, and that investing in the education of our children is well worth the cost.
Archbold schools have not always found unending support. It was just about 10 years ago that the district found itself in dire financial straits, and sought a levy of 9.78 mills, to raise about $2.4 million.
It had been over a decade since the board had asked for new tax money. When it did, voters turned it down twice, in May 2006 and again in August 2006.
It was only when the board reduced its levy request to $1.1 million that it passed in the fall of 2006.
Those were some difficult times, filled with anxiety and acrimony.
From the 2006 experience, it could be surmised that while support for the schools is strong, it is not limitless. The school board and administration must remain diligent to continue keeping costs down while maintaining programs for the students.
The school board hasn’t sought additional tax money since 2006– 10 years ago. When the time comes, we urge school board members not to wait, and then suddenly spring a large request on voters again.
They must remember the lesson of 2006.