Message from Dr. Shoaf

Dear Rocky River Residents,

The Rocky River Board of Education is asking voters to approve a 4.9 mill levy on the May 4, 2021 ballot. The last levy passed in May 2017 so, while our district traditionally has a levy every three years, the District was able to stretch the last levy by an additional year. Over 82% of our district’s revenues are generated from local sources.

The Board of Education takes stewardship of tax dollars very seriously. Over the last four years, the administration has implemented cost-saving measures, such as a retirement incentive program, an energy conservation capital project, consortium purchasing, 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 the high-quality academic and social-emotional support our students need, while also maintaining the quality of our facilities and operations. Consistent with the District's Mission, this levy will allow us to continue to offer high-quality education and provide exceptional opportunities to all students, while expanding existing programs and adding new programs to help prepare our children for an ever-changing global society.

The 4.9 mill May 4 levy is 4.65 mills for operating expenses and 0.25 mill for permanent improvements (PI). The operating funds will provide funding for daily operating expenses and educational materials. The 0.25 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 1.0 mill “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 $11.74 per month per $100,000 in valuation.

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Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 440-356-6715, or by email at Additional information is available on our website at


Michael G. Shoaf, Ed.D.