Loveland Levy: Just the Facts
Posted Monday, March 10, 2014
THE BASICSThis is a 5.6 mill levy that will be placed before the voters on Tuesday, May 6. The levy is expected to last for a minimum four years (previous levies have been three years) which provides a direction for the district and residents. The 5.6 mill levy will cost property owners $196 per $100,000 of appraised real estate value. Collection would begin in January 2015. Additionally, per the County Auditor, beginning in 2016, taxpayers will see a reduction of approximately $48 per $100,000 of appraised real estate value due to the retirement of district bonds.
THE PURPOSEThe majority of this levy will be used to maintain current programs and operations. A portion of the levy request will be used to strengthen, expand and improve programs which are necessary to ensure the high quality school district that our community expects:
1. Strengthen technology across the district
Enhance student learning through use of technology
• Ensure students have the technology skills necessary to compete in a global economy following graduation
• Improve accessibility and technology support
• Increase professional development for teachers to meet the technology needs of students
2. Expand K-12 opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math
Equip students with the skills needed to compete as critical thinkers and innovators in a technical job market
• Obtain academic resources for science and math K-12 which meet more rigorous standards
• Expand course offerings in technology and engineering at all levels
• Provide professional development for teachers to meet higher expectations in science and math
3. Improve counseling and reading services for our younger students
Provide students the foundational support for future success
• Expand counseling services K-4 and implement consistent reading intervention services
• Secure academic resources to enhance reading, writing and communication skills
• Provide professional development for teachers to meet the developmental needs of each student
1. The district continues to get results. Loveland has consistently been a top-rated district by the state – earning an Excellent rating 12 straight years.
• The class of 2013 earned $12.8 million in scholarship offers.
• The district had two National Merit Finalists and four Commended Scholars for 2013 and three National Merit Semifinalists and six National Merit Commended Scholars for 2014.
• The district had 49 AP Scholars.
• Learning in Loveland happens inside and outside the classroom; the district excels in extracurricular activities that include a national champion show choir, a state champion football team and a regional champion robotics team to name a few.
2. The district is financially efficient. On a per pupil spending basis, Loveland is below the state average and one of the lowest of similar Excellent rated area districts (see chart). The district has consistently worked to reduce spending and achieve cost savings.
3. The district is continually looking at ways to ensure that our school addresses the ever changing academic needs of students. The district clearly understands that our graduates need to successfully compete.
4. The district kept its promise. With the passage of the 2011 levy, the district told voters the district would not be back on the ballot for three years. The community supported the district, and the district kept their commitment.
NEED MORE?Have a question; want additional information? Contact:
• Superintendent Chad Hilliker – email@example.com | (513) 683-5600
• Treasurer/CFO Brett Griffith – firstname.lastname@example.org | (513) 683-5600