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TPS pushes for levy renewal during 2017 election

TPS staff and Lucas county voters weigh in on the tax levy renewal on the November ballot (courtesy: NBC24.com).

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- "I broke the scoring record in High School and in college, so a couple claims to fame I guess," said Joe Gajdostik former Cardinal Stritch High School Player. He was a star athlete in his college and high school, playing baseball and basketball.

He's also a product of Toledo Schools.

"It was some of the best athletes around and I think they still have that."

The former athlete was honored tonight at Toledo City Athletic League Hall of Fame Banquet and says he's all for seeing Toledo's schools move forward.

For TPS that progress means a renewal of a 6.5 mill operating levy on the November Ballot.

"I hope everyone else shows out to vote to support issue 9 that's a renewal not a new tax" said Superintendent Romulous Durant.

The 5 year renewal levy was introduced in the early 2000s. If passed again , it would generate 13 million for the district. That funding, said Dr. Durant is needed to continue advancing technology and college and career readiness programs.

Lucas County resident Penny Boggs kids' graduated several years ago, but she's still TPS proud.

Others are concerned about the state of the school. The state department of education recently gave the district poor ratings on this year's report card for categories like progress, gap closing, and the graduation rate.

" A lot of people don't support it because they feel like TPS isn't doing they're job, they get a lot of F's," said mom and TPS graduate Tamera Mack. She has 3 daughters within TPS district and thinks parents need to step up and become more involved . Regardless of the grade, she says she'll still be voting for the levy.

"If the parents can do better then the district can do better and that's just how it goes," said Mack.

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