Grassroots committee launches TPS levy campaign

Toledo Public Schools has a renewal levy on the 2013 general election ballot, and it has been working through the summer to organize the communityâ??s support.

"We are TPS Proud!" exclaimed members of the Committee for Schools as it introduced its grassroots levy campaign to the community at the Toledo-Lucas County Libraryâ??s Main Branch on Wednesday. The campaign's co-chairs, Denny Johnson of Brooks Insurance and Rhonda Sewell of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, spoke to the importance of the communityâ??s involvement.

â??We will make phone calls, we will go door-to-door as the levy campaign builds momentum through the fall, leading up to the general election in November,â?? said Johnson. Sewell added, â??We are going to work together, we are going to get the word out, and we are going to win.â??

At 6.5 mills, the renewal levy is expected to bring in about $13 million for TPS annually. TPS Interim Superintendent Romules Durant says the levy will help move the district forward with its day-to-day operations.

â??Good schools bring about strong neighborhoods, which allows schools to be good at what they do,â?? said Durant. He added, â??More importantly, it allows the community to embrace its schools.â??

Following the introductions, about 50 Committee for Schools supporters held a campaign meeting to plan the 2013 levy effort.

The renewal levy will appear on the November 5th ballot.