Levy campaign being organized in Batavia

Batavia Local School District officials are beginning to get things organized for a levy campaign after board members voted last month to place a levy on the November election ballot.

The 7.26 mill levy is a combination levy that includes a 4.51 mill bond issue for a new building and a 2.75 operational levy to help with district expenses.

Superintendent Jill Grubb met with stakeholders who will be leading the levy campaign committee Aug. 20 and 27 to discuss plans for educating community members about the levy.

“I think we have a basic framework,” Grubb said about the progress made.

Grubb said she hopes now the committee will be able to take a strong leadership role and have a lot of community involvement in the campaign.

So far, Grubb said, they are planning a campaign kick-off before the first home football game Sept. 7. She said they will have information to hand out about the levy before the game, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Grubb said members of the campaign committee will be attending many sporting events this fall to spread the word about the levy. She said district officials will also be giving presentations at township trustee meetings and council meetings, beginning with Batavia Township Sept. 4.

“It’s providing an awareness about what the levy is about, what the money will be used for and then hopefully convincing people that it is a good thing for people to vote for,” Grubb said about the campaign efforts.

She said it is important to make sure community members know how the levy would work if it passed.

“The two big things the levy will provide us are a new pre K-5 building and operating funds so we can sustain where we are,” Grubb said.

Grubb said the importance of the levy this year is that the elementary school has been identified as exceptional needs for a new building and money from the Ohio School Facilities Commission has been set aside and could be used as soon as the levy passed.

Board members voted to have a combination levy so they could utilize the money for a new building, which would solve overcrowding problems, and also have funds to continue to operate at their current level.

The last time the district asked for operating money was in 2011 and the last time the district tried to pass a bond issue was in 2008.

Grubb said anyone with questions about the levy, or anyone who wishes to help with the levy campaign can contact her or Michael Ashmore, treasurer for the district, at (513) 732-2343.