TAYLOR COUNTY—Before long, voters in Taylor County will be asked to visit the polls for the Taylor County Board of Education Special Levy Election.
On January 23, voters will be asked to carry out their civic duty and cast their ballots either in favor or against the levy that will provide crucial funding for the school system.
In addition to the continued funding for technology equipment, computers, materials and technology staff, the levy, which will feature no change in the proposed tax rates for the next five years, will allow for new opportunities for students.
“The CARES Act allowed us to move to one-to-one technology with our students this school year. We can only maintain this new method of learning through the use of technology funds provided by the levy,” explained Superintendent Christy Miller.
The proposed levy will also further provide funding for facility maintenance, the purchasing of textbooks, classroom supplies, paper and additional materials needed within the schools.
“In addition, we are able to provide funding for athletic coaches, as well as club sponsors through the levy. This provides an outlet for our children beyond the classroom,” Miller expressed. “We are excited to announce that this year’s levy will provide additional benefits to our students.”
The passage of the levy will provide free meals for all students within the Taylor County School System. In addition, it will allow students in the middle and high school levels free admittance into the county’s sporting events and band and choral concerts.
“Those students in elementary school will also be allowed into the events free of charge, but they must be accompanied by an adult,” Miller disclosed. “The levy will also allow us to provide free admission to these events for residents 60-years-old or older, with a school-issued pass.”
The levy will also help provide funding for community service support for the Taylor County Extension Service, as well.
“Taylor County Schools has maintained an excellent relationship with the community and the community has continually supported the levy since 1961,” Miller voiced. “While COVID-19 has presented many problems, the community has continued to support us, and we hope that they will look to the future with us.”
Should the levy fail, Miller said the school board would be forced to make cuts throughout the school system.
“Not passing this levy will mean we have to look at all extended day contracts, including our management team and central office personnel,” she revealed. “A large portion of extracurricular pay for staff would also have to be eliminated or other funding sources would have to found to fund those.”
She reported that a failure in the passage would also take a toll on athletics and extracurriculars in Taylor County.
“Coaches’ salaries and club sponsors would have to be looked at and may have to fall to the schools to pay,” Miller noted. “In addition, building maintenance and technology would be effected and would have to be scaled back, and allocations to schools for additional supplies and extracurricular activities would have to come from other sources if they were available.”
Taylor County Schools has a mission of providing excellence for all of their students and employees. They believe that can be accomplished through a shared responsibility for learning through a collaborative leadership to promote accountability across the school system.
“Family engagement is crucial to the overall development and education of our students,” Miller said. “We believe in a shared responsibility to establish a culture where all students and staff feel they belong, are valued and respected, leading to everyone achieving excellence.”
For more information, please contact Miller by email at [email protected] or by phone at 304-265-2497 ext. 1110.