The Aurora Board of Education has tapped Lee Elliott to chair a levy committee that will spearhead the task of garnering support for a 7.33-mill replacement levy on the May 1 ballot.

Board President Kohanski said Elliott's campaign experience makes him the perfect choice to rally the community behind the schools.

"Lee was instrumental in helping Streetsboro schools pass its first levy in nine years," said Kohanski. "He's not a professional politician; he has his own business career, but is willing to help our schools succeed because he sees it as something worthwhile."

Elliott's wife, Kimberly, teaches in Streetsboro and his sons Lee Jr. and Conner attend Aurora elementary schools. The 11-year Aurora resident said he welcomes the opportunity to take a leadership role in Aurora's levy campaign.

"We're fortunate here to get such a high return on our investment in our schools," he said. "Our kids and our educational program are always in the paper for the right reasons, and our community is known for its support of schools."

Elliott is Midwest regional sales manage for Toshiba America Business Solutions headquartered in Irvine, Calif. Before moving to Aurora in 1995, he was executive director of he Republican Party in Stark County.

Locally, he has worked on numerous political campaigns for local, state and national candidates, and he said he looks forward to his work on the upcoming levy and future bond issue.

"The replacement levy in May is crucial to maintaining our outstanding educational program," said Elliott.

"Passage of the replacement levy is critical as this funding represents about 20 percent of our ongoing operating budget," said Kohanski.

"Without this money, we'd not be able to operate the Aurora schools without making significant reductions to our basic programs and personnel levels."