Office of the Superintendent
Rocky River Board of Education
1101 Morewood Parkway
Rocky River, OH 44116

March 7,  2017

Superintendent’s Message

May 2, 2017 Levy 

The Rocky River Board of Education is asking voters to approve a 4.9 mill levy on the May 2, 2017 ballot. The last levy passed in November 2012 so, while our district traditionally has a levy every three years, the District actually stretched the last levy by two additional years. Over 82% of our district’s revenues are generated from local sources.

The Board of Education takes stewardship of tax dollars very seriously. In the last five years, the administration implemented cost-saving measures like consortium purchasing, establishing cost-sharing partnerships, applying for grants from government and nonprofit organizations and refinancing bonds, all in an effort to maximize taxpayer investment in our schools.

The Board is seeking this levy to maintain current programs and further educational opportunities for all students. Consistent with the District’s Mission, this levy will allow the Rocky River City School District to continue to offer high quality education and provide exceptional opportunities to all students, while expanding existing programs and adding new programs that will prepare our children for success in the 21st century, regardless of their academic or career interests.

The 4.9 mill May 2 levy is 4.4 mills for operating expenses and 0.5 mill for permanent improvements (PI). The operating funds will provide funding for daily operating expenses and educational materials. The 0.5 mill permanent improvements will be dedicated to maintenance, repairs and improvements of our school buildings.

The Board of Education timed this levy request to coincide with a “drop off” of a bond issue to minimize the cost to our taxpayers. Although exact figures are not yet final, we believe that the net cost of this issue, with the drop off factored in, is about $8 per month per $100,000 in valuation. When the County Fiscal Officer certifies the exact amount we will share it with you.

We invite you to a Levy Information Night for residents on March 13, 2017 at 7 PM at the Rocky River Public Library.

If you would like to register to vote or apply to vote by mail, please visit

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 356-6715, or by email at [email protected]. Additional information is available on our website at


Michael G. Shoaf, Ed.D.