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August 7, 2018 Operating Levy

At the Monday, May 7, 2018 board meeting, our Board of Education unanimously passed the Resolution to Proceed with a 4.9 mill operating levy in the August 7, 2018 election.

The Resolution to Proceed is the final step to place this issue on the ballot.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is the District placing an operating levy on the ballot on August 7, 2018?

a. Student and staff safety
b. Long-term financial stability
c. Mental health services

2. How has the District communicated this August 7, 2018 operating levy?

  • School Board Meetings
  • 19,000 phone calls to community members
  • Live telephone meeting on June 13
  • Media Interviews - 700wlw & 55wkrc
  • Community Press 
  • Social Media - Facebook & Twitter
  • Text Messaging
  • Community Mailing to all registered voter households
  • Alumni print and electronic newsletters
  • Email
  • 750 signs within District boundaries
  • Door-to-door discussions
  • Community Group Meetings - Township Senior Centers, Business Associations, PTA, Western Hills Community Service Club, Political Party discussions

3. What will happen if the operating levy passes?

a. Consistent armed professional police/security: Full-time armed professionals will be added at the high school and middle schools, as well as an increased presence of armed security at all elementary schools. Increased police presence at all buildings which may include Green Twp. / Delhi Twp. Police Officer (School Resource Officer - SRO) or armed security monitors.
b. Mental health experts: Personnel will be added to all school levels (elementary, middle school, high school) to support students and families by providing and linking them to social services.
c. Building upgrades - including securing entryways into school buildings.
d. Secure classroom doors – removing glass doors or adding a bullet-resistant film to glass.

4. What current safety and mental health measures are in place in the Oak Hills School District?

a. No armed police presence on a consistent basis in all buildings (excluding Oak Hills High School)
b. Oak Hills High School – 1 SRO for the 10th largest high school in Ohio
c. 1 SRO for 6 Delhi Township schools
d. Limited mental health resources which cannot serve all students who may be a threat to themselves or others.

5. Has the district applied for State/Federal grants?
Yes. The District is seeking applications for grant funding, however the District has not received additional State or Federal Funding.

6. If the levy is passed, how long will the levy fund proceeds last?
If the levy passes, the district will maintain a stable operating general fund for a minimum of five years.

7. Didn’t Oak Hills just request a levy last year?
Yes. The substitute levy in 2017 did not raise taxes or generate additional resources for the District, rather maintained our current funding level. 

8. What will the levy cost a taxpayer?
47 cents per day or $14 per month (per $100k home); equivalent to 4.9 mills (continuing basis)

9. What will happen if the operating levy fails?
a. The current limited safety plan will remain in place with no additional resources allocated to security.
b. The District’s cash balance will deplete quickly which will accelerate the need for reductions and/or levy requests in the near future.

Tele-town hall

If you missed our live teleconference on June 13, you can listen to the call by clicking this link.

August 7, 2018 Ballot

Wondering what your ballot will look like? Click here to see the official ballot language.

Voting information and important dates

July 9: last day to register to vote. Get more registration information here.

August 4: last day to request an absentee ballot. Get more information on requesting an absentee ballot here.

August 7: last day to turn in an absentee ballot

August 7: election day. Polls are open 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

700 WLW

Click here to read the transcript of Mr. Brandt's interview with 700WLW on June 28.

55KRC

Click here to listen to the July 11 live interview between Superintendent Jeff Brandt and radio host and Oak Hills graduate, Brian Thomas regarding the August levy.

Click here to listen to the August 7 live interview with Treasurer Steve Bain and Brian Thomas.

Press coverage

Read the article posted on Cincinnati.com on July 19 and in the community press.

WKRC

Click here to watch Meghan Mongillo's interview with superintendent Jeff Brandt on August 3.

WCPO

Click here to watch This Week in Cincinnati from August 5 with Craig McKee and superintendent Jeff Brandt

Property Value

Visit the County Auditor's website to find your assessed property value.

Did you know?

School Safety:

  • Since 2013 there have been 292 school shootings in the United States
  • 1 of 5 students (ages 13-18) have a mental health condition
  • 37% of students with a mental health condition at age 14 or older drop out of high school
  • Depression is the #1 mental disability
  • 18% of high school students have considered suicide

Stewardship: 

  • Over 85% of school districts in Hamilton County assess a higher tax rate than Oak Hills
  • 73% of Oak Hills’ expenditures go directly toward classroom instruction (State average = 67%)
  • Only two school districts in Hamilton County spend less per student than Oak Hills
  • Auditor of State Award with Distinction Recipient – a prestigious award recognizing for high-quality audit & financial reporting