Dear Ada Schools Stakeholders,
On behalf of the School Board, administration, staff, and students of the Ada Exempted Village School District, let me THANK YOU for your overwhelming passage of our RENEWAL levy this month. This community is so supportive of school activities in so many ways, and we are enormously grateful for that support.
Recently, we hosted the Music Booster’s annual Music Feast competition, and I was reminded just how much this community embraces our mission of “Aspiring to excel in all aspects of the school experience,” as we were able to host such an event in such state of the art, beautiful facilities, including the fully community funded auditorium where our guest performers were blessed to perform. I was such a proud Superintendent that day (and am every day).
I am nearing my one year anniversary with this fine district, and my entire family has felt nothing but warmly welcomed and included. As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving, we will count being Bulldogs near the top of our list.
Thank you again,
Mrs. Meri Skilliter, Superintendent
Frequently Asked Questions About Tuesday's Levy
As Election Day is Tuesday already (where does the time go?), I wanted to share answers to the most frequently asked questions I have received from citizens over the last month or so. I hope these are helpful as you consider your vote. If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to call my office at (419) 634-6421.
WHAT ARE THE TERMS OF THIS LEVY?
This levy is ¾ of one percent of your taxable income to be renewed for a period of five years, and it will NOT raise your taxes. If passed, it will go into effect on January 1, 2018.
IS THIS A NEW OR AN ADDITIONAL LEVY?
This is NOT A NEW LEVY, but rather a RENEWAL. It was first passed back in 1992, the last renewal was 2012, and we are asking to renew it at the same rate (3/4 of one percent). The current levy expires December 31, 2017. This will be the fifth RENEWAL.
WHAT IS THIS MONEY TO BE USED FOR?
The purpose of the tax is to provide revenue for general operating expenses, which include personnel services (wages), retirement and insurance benefits, supplies and materials, purchased services, and capital outlay.
WHAT IS AN INCOME TAX?
The income tax is a separate tax from federal, state, and city income taxes and is earmarked specifically to support school district operations. Residents pay the tax through employer withholding, individual quarterly estimates, and/or annual returns.
School district income tax is based solely upon the residence of the individual, not the place of employment.
HOW MUCH OF THE SCHOOL’S INCOME IS GENERATED BY THIS LEVY?
The current tax rate is an estimated 9.25% of Ada School’s General Fund Revenue Budget.
WASN’T THIS LEVY SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE BALLOT IN MAY?
Yes, the Board of Education passed a resolution to put it on the ballot in May. However, when it was informed that there would be no other issues or races on the ballot, they were also informed that they would have to pay for a special election to put it before voters in May. The Board of Education decided NOT to do this, in order to save taxpayer money, an estimated savings of $8,416.
We are grateful for all the ways this community shows its support to us. If you have any questions about this, or any district topic, please free to call or email me.
Mrs. Meri Skilliter, Superintendent
Hello! Welcome to my first blog post as your Superintendent. I believe the Ada Icon and Ada Herald published biographical information about me, so I won’t bore you with all of that. However, I thought in this first post I would tell you what I’ve learned about the Ada Exempted Village School District, the community that makes up the district, and even about Hardin County in terms of education.
The first people I met in the Ada district were your Board members. Your Board members are a diverse group of individuals, which is helpful when decisions need to be made. They took the work of selecting a superintendent very seriously, but were warm, professional, and welcoming throughout the process. They provided a great deal of information about the district, and asked well prepared, varied, and challenging questions. They even asked candidates to prepare a presentation analyzing some provided data. The interviews were comprehensive and thorough. This Board has been supportive in my first months, but has high expectations for their superintendent and other employees. That speaks volumes about your district as well.
From the moment I signed my contract, I was greeted by community members who were warm and welcoming. I’ve been invited to various groups and events, and always feel welcome. On January 3, I officially started in the office. The staff in the central office were so kind and patient, and continue to be amazing people with which to work. You have a great treasurer, assistant treasurer, and executive assistant in this district. That’s extremely important for a district to thrive. On January 4, the teachers and students came back from Christmas break. I immediately noticed the climate in the buildings. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they have fun doing what they do. When members of the staff have life challenges, the staff rallies around them to encourage, support, and provide whatever assistance they can. Ada students took no time at all to greet me, introduce themselves to me, and also make me feel at home.
Sometime in the first two weeks, I had my first meeting with supervisors and administrators in the building. Over the last two months I’ve worked with all of these leaders, and I impressed with each one of them. Not only is each leader well suited to his/her position and possesses strong knowledge and skills fitted to his/her position, but each one is also so student centered in their approach to their daily work decision making. Your school nurse, transportation and maintenance supervisor, your principal and assistant principals, and your cafeteria supervisor are all quality individuals with great character and heart.
The risk in listing people or thanking a variety of people is always in inadvertently leaving someone off of that list. However, I couldn’t wait anymore to thank everyone who has reached out, introduced themselves, welcomed my family and me, etc. Obviously I was nervous coming to a new school and community, from a district and community I had grown to love, but I can definitely say I am extraordinarily glad I was selected, and that I accepted this position, and I will do my best to serve these children in a way that makes you all glad, too.
Until next time,
Mrs. Meri Skilliter
725 West North Avenue
Ada, Ohio 45810 [map]