CMSD CEO Urges Levy Pass to Revamp Schools

Posted on: 9:56 pm, July 18, 2012, by , updated on: 02:44am, July 19, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Wednesday night, the head of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District hoped to teach a lesson on economics.

CMSD Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said a new property tax is needed in Cleveland to fix the school system.

“And we must pass this levy and implement the right plan, right now, in Cleveland schools,” Gordon said.

Gordon said the tax would be about 63-cents a day for a property worth $50-thousand.

If voters do not approve it, he says local schools will fall even deeper in trouble.

“We will be cutting another $50-million. We will be laying off another 700 or 800 employees,” Gordon said.

Tracy Radich with the Cleveland Teachers Union said they fully support the levy, and urge voters to pass it.

“So, by passing a levy, that is going to out resources right back where they are needed the most,” Radich said.

Several people spoke out against the proposed property tax.

“The only other thing that’s worse than the education around here is our housing,” said Rhonda Hills.

“You need to redo this and involve the children. Let us see where some of our dollars are going in the classroom,” said Donna Brown.

The school board voted unanimously on a resolution to support the proposed levy, which they plan to put on the ballot in November.

The next board vote on the levy will by July 31.