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Kiwanians hear Key Club members, need for levy renewals

Senior High Key Club member Cameya Tanner outlines some of the club’s service projects. From left are club members Ke’Aura Johnson, Johnnice Nared, Grayson Antreassian, vice president, and Faith Owens, president.

   Mansfield City Schools Key Club members and district administrators were guests at the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield’s weekly luncheon meeting on Thursday.

   Kiwanis is the sponsor of Key Club, a high school service club. Key Club president Faith Owens and other members discussed the projects the club has undertaken to benefit their school and community.

   Key Club’s efforts have included raising funds for Harmony House, assisting the United Way campaign and participating in assembling Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.

   Superintendent Brian Garverick outlined Mansfield City Schools achievements over the last year, including the district’s release from fiscal emergency in December a year ahead of the statewide average.

   Garverick said voter approval of the district’s two renewal levies on May 2 would keep the district on solid fiscal footing. He said the renewals would not increase taxes, only maintain what voters approved in 2013.

   Treasurer Robert Kuehnle said the two levies generate a combined $7.9 million annually. One is a seven-year renewal of a 10.4-mills levy, the other a five-year renewal of a 10-7-mill levy.

   “Together, these levies provide approximately 13.5 percent of the district’s total revenue,” Kuehnle said. “The renewals would allow us to continue moving forward without new taxes.”

   Curriculum Director Stephen Rizzo said the financial stability provided by passage of the renewals would have positively impact the district’s emphasis on academic achievement.

   “Having stable financing would enable us to provide students and staff with the materials needed to implement state standards,” he said.

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