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Published: Wednesday, 4/23/2014

Sylvania Schools levy supporters to greet voters at polls


Sylvania School District voters will get a final reminder to vote for the school levy as parent volunteers will be at voting centers on the May 6 election day.

“We plan on having a greater greeter presence than ever before,” said Scott Nelson, assistant superintendent. He is the internal facilitator between the district and the levy campaign effort called the Committee for Sylvania’s Future.

Sylvania and Sylvania Township have 42 voting precincts. The committee plans to have volunteers at 26 of the voting locations. That includes the American Legion Joseph W. Diehn Post 468 on Centennial Road, which houses a few precinct voting spots, and Westgate Chapel on Wilford Drive.

Cami Golding, co-chair of the campaign committee, said that Westgate Chapel covers the St. James neighborhood between Central Avenue and Bancroft Street, and is one of the polling sites which typically has high turnout.

“This effort is just a reminder that ‘hey remember Sylvania Schools’ and to have a presence that people support this. We may reach someone that has not heard anything about the levy,” she said. She has four children attending Sylvania Schools. 

Sylvania Schools is asking voters to pass a 3.8 mill continual-operating levy to assist with new curriculum costs, digital learning efforts, to continue its safety and security measures, and personnel expenses. If passed, the new tax is estimated to collect $4.9 million a year and cost the owner of a $100,000 house $133 a year.

The district is seeking 175 volunteers to work in two-hour shifts on voting day. Mrs. Golding said the volunteers will follow the Board of Elections' regulations for where they can place signs and where they can stand to hand out leaflets outside of voting locations.

Mr. Nelson said the effort will be an “appropriate appeal to support the schools.” He said the district has held similar efforts in the past; however, this is larger. The schools which have polling centers will have projects or artwork displayed throughout the building, to show people what “our kids are doing.”

The district's schools used by Lucas County Board of Elections for voting are: Highland Elementary, Stranahan Elementary, Sylvan Elementary, Whiteford Elementary, McCord Junior High, Timberstone Junior High, and Southview High School.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.

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