District looks to restore busing, programs; lower pay to play fees
The Riverside Local Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 to put a 4.9-mill Continuous Operating Levy on the May 2 ballot during its January 24 Board of Education meeting.
If the operating levy (ISSUE 1) is approved by voters, the District will restore busing, programs and reduce fees for pay to play starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Funds would also be used for general operations throughout the District.
If approved, busing would be restored for all grades – kindergarten through 12th grade – for students who live outside of a half mile drive of his or her school. Pay to play fees will decrease to $200 for high school sports and $150 for 7th and 8th grade sport. The fee for cheerleading and band from 7th to 12th grade will also be $150. The District will also restore elementary level programs which may include arts, health and wellness and technology.
Currently, the District only buses students grades K-5 who live more than one mile from their school and grades 6-8 who live more than two miles from their school. There is no busing for students in grades 9-12.
If approved, the levy would cost tax payers $14.29 per month per $100,000 valuation.
To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Issue 1, click here.