Message from Dr. Shoaf

A message from Dr. Michael G. Shoaf:

Dear Rocky River Residents,             

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.   The net cost of this issue, with the drop off factored in, is about $7.85 per month per $100,000 in valuation. 

We invite you to The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club hosted annual Superintendent’sState of the Schools on February 27, 2017 at 12 PM at the Civic Center.  Please join us for an update on our schools, our achievements and our needs. Lunch is available for $13, payable to the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club by cash or check at the door.  Reservations are required for the event so please make your reservation online at or by calling 356-6715 by Thursday, February 16. 

We also 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  Additional information is available on our website at


Michael G. Shoaf, Ed.D.