FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tallmadge City School District Conducting Phone Poll and Online Survey
TALLMADGE, OHIO, (Dec. 4, 2018): The Tallmadge City School District is conducting a phone poll and an online survey to generate feedback on how the district should move forward following the failure of the 7.4 mill operating levy on Nov. 6.
The phone poll will begin the week of Dec. 3 and will survey randomly selected registered voters. The online survey will utilize the same questions and is open to everyone. It can be found here.
Both polls are approximately 18 questions.
“In addition to the community meeting on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the high school, we are launching a phone poll and online survey,” said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. “We want to give everyone who wants to do so a chance to participate. The need for additional funding for our district is still there. It is now even more urgent. We must move forward. Before making a final decision on next steps, we want to hear from our parents and community members.”
Without the passage of new operating dollars in 2019, the district faces drastic cuts to programming and staff stemming from the loss of $2.5 million in state funding through the phase out of the Tangible Personal Property tax.
In order to go back on the ballot in May, the Board of Education must pass two resolutions in January ahead of the February filing deadline. To meet this timeline, the district needs to gather and analyze community feedback during the month of December.
“I encourage everyone to participate,” Ferguson said. “If you can’t make the meeting or aren’t called for the phone poll, please take a few minutes to fill out the online survey. We want to generate a solution that our community will support while meeting the needs of the district.”