Muskingum Co. School Board To Pursue Emergency Levy

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A Muskingum County School Board has decided to pursue an emergency levy in order to sustain high quality education.

The West Muskingum School District's Board of Education met Tuesday to decide whether or not to proceed with a levy in May 2013.

The Board has approved a 5.9 mill levy that both parents and community members pushed for last year.

If approved by voters, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $15 per month for the next five years.

Governor John Kasich unveiled his new education plan Thursday called "Achievement Everywhere," which aims to equalize funding for all Ohio schools.

William Harbron, superintendent of the West Muskingum School District, said he does not yet know how the proposal will affect the levy.

"[The governor] explained different components of it, but not enough detail at this point in time that we can definitely understand how our district will benefit from this educational improvement plan," said Harbron.

Over the past two years, the state has cut $1.7 million from the school district.

In order to ensure that their current standing of 84 percent of graduates go on to post-secondary education, the district said it needs sufficient funds to maximize the opportunities available to students.