On Nov. 8,

residents of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District will have the opportunity to support a continuous permanent improvement levy that will enable the district to invest in its schools.

The levy would generate $1.8 million annually and cost the owner of a $200,000 home approximately $10 a month. Significant structural and building maintenance, necessary safety and security upgrades and classroom modernization for innovative learning must be addressed. The levy would allow the district to do this in a fiscally responsible way.

By law, these funds cannot be used for wages. On average, the district has $1.5 million in annual building, equipment and facility repairs but less than $650,000 to pay for those repairs, which have been put off for many years.

I urge Stow-Munroe Falls City School District residents to support this investment in strong schools, and vote "yes" on the district's continuous permanent improvement levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Richard Lewis,

Executive Director

Ohio School Boards

Association, Columbus