Operations Levy Request
The Forest Hills School District is seeking additional funding and will place a 4.7-mill levy on the November 2019 ballot. Please use the tab on the left to find information on finances and district performance, videos, and additional resources.
Below is a letter to community from Superintendent Scot Prebles:
On June 24, 2019, the Forest Hills Board of Education approved the first of two required resolutions to place an operating levy on the November 2019 ballot. The ballot issue will be a 4.7 mill operating levy, which equates to $164.50 annually per $100,000 of home market value; 45 cents per day. This operating levy is essential to provide necessary funding for classroom instruction including staff, textbooks, technology and supplies. Our finances show that, without a doubt, the district needs to request an operating levy now to continue to provide the high-level learning opportunities for which Forest Hills is known.
The Forest Hills School District is built upon a foundation of educational excellence, its service as a strong community partner, and history of fiscally conservative spending. This past school year, in addition to continued efforts to stretch resources from a 2012 operating levy, the district successfully implemented a three-phased plan that will save residents $3 million over the next two years. What began as a three-year commitment to taxpayers has now entered its seventh year.
Students enrolled in the Forest Hills School District benefit from personalized learning opportunities, more than 100 extracurricular choices, and instruction by highly-qualified teachers. Our students receive an above average education at a below average cost, as residents in the district pay a tax rate of 38.71, which is 15% lower than the Hamilton County average of 45.43. While the district is committed to being good stewards of taxpayer money, it will be impossible to continue to meet the needs of students and expectations of parents without additional support.
Last year, the district conducted multiple telephone town hall events, an in-person town hall meeting, and utilized social media to foster a community-wide dialogue regarding our finances. As a result of these opportunities, Forest Hills did not place an operating levy on the May 2019 ballot and instead, continued streamlining efforts. While those efforts have been successful, the district is in need of additional operating resources.
It is important to me that the district operates in transparent fashion and provides opportunities for two-way conversations. As we continue to move through the next few months, I encourage community members to visit the district’s website and social media accounts for information and updates. Please consider participating in upcoming informational sessions so we can better understand your expectations and recommendations. We need your voice and cannot effectively do our work without you!
For nearly 130 years, this community has graciously supported the students of the Forest Hills School District. I am thoroughly committed to ensure all our students have the proper resources to be among the most prepared and competitive students in the state. I look forward to working with you and others to achieve this goal.
Scot Prebles, Superintendent
Forest Hills School District
Looking for more information?
You can read the district's June 25th article regarding the levy here.