NEW FRANKLIN Voters in a portion of the city of New Franklin will decide Aug. 7 on a school safety issue, which will contribute to Northwest Local Schools and several other Stark County districts.
Issue 1, a 1.49-mill continual safety levy, will be on the ballot for voters in New Franklin precincts 3-C and 4-A.
Districts joining together to participate in the levy are Alliance, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton, Fairless, Jackson, Lake, Marlington, Minerva, Northwest, Osnaburg, Plain, Sandy Valley, Tuslaw, Brown and Strasburg-Franklin.
Northwest Local Schools Superintendent Michael Shreffler said the levy will cost a homeowner about $50 per year for each $100,000 in value.
"I think this levy is incredibly important for the children of our school district," Shreffler said. "In this day and age, we need financial assistance to provide the best security and mental health opportunities possible. School safety is a community issue."
Shreffler said if the issue is approved, it will go to fund two school resource officers, a full time social worker, some hardware/software packages that facilitate school safety, some safety upgrades to all of the buildings including the bus garage and some extra training for staff. He said the district is also considering adding another high school guidance counselor.
All the money raised through this levy must be used toward safety.
Even if the levy fails, Northwest plans to move forward with the safety upgrades.
"The problem is that it will take away from our general fund operating budget which could affect class size and programs in place as well as programs we would like to add," Shreffler said.
Shreffler encourages anyone with questions to reach out to himself or Northwest Schools Treasurer Dan Levengood at the board office at 330-854-2291.