Courtney Kerrigan
Ohio.com correspondent


BARBERTON:  The school district’s $3 million, 8.45-mill levy will be Issue 3 on the May 7 ballot, as announced at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.



 “Our theme and tagline is ‘Save our community’ because our schools are part of our community, whether it be academics, athletics, the outreach that’s going on,” school board member Megann Eberhart said. “We are interwoven and the schools play a big part in the success of our community.”



The levy committee is currently working in every school building on voter registration, which ends April 8. Community members can register at the library, the administration building, through contacting the schools and online at the Board of Election’s website.



The committee also plans to order 500 signs, which will be placed at about 300 locations around the city, while their communication team has been working to explain the importance of the levy to the community.



Early voting begins Tuesday, where residents can vote at the Summit County Board of Elections or through absentee ballots.



In other business, board members approved more than $100,000 in grant money for the schools.



“Our staff does a wonderful job of going out and looking for money in every place possible so that we don’t have to put that on the taxpayers and we don’t have to count on Columbus either,” board president Joe Stefan said.



Superintendent Patti Cleary submitted the largest amount of funds, worth $60,400, for approval to increase technology at the kindergarten through fourth grade level to prepare students for the Third Grade Guarantee and new State of Ohio assessments.



Barberton Middle School teacher Andrea Tomer also submitted $25,000 in funds for “Roll Out the Red Carpet—It’s the Academy Awards for Books” program.



The next school board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. April 10 at the Administration Building.