CLEVELAND — Cleveland voters have renewed a 15-mill levy originally passed in 2012 with an additional 5 mills. The passage of the levy will cost the average voter anywhere from $84 to $240 more annually.
According to CMSD CEO Eric Gordon, the levy sustains 12% of the school system’s budget and pays for staff and student programs. Prior to election day, he said that approval of the levy would improve graduation rates, reading and math curriculum and would allow the district to continue providing more than 30,000 smart devices like tablets for students at home.
The district released the following statement:
"We are grateful to the voters of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, who even in these difficult times continue to support children by approving operating levies that help maintain and improve their learning experience and prepare them for the future. With the approval of an existing levy and a 5-mill increase, we will be able to build on our efforts to guarantee a quality education for all our students."