“I want to thank the many volunteers who worked so hard to get the message out to our community and obviously our community for once again demonstrating their support,” said Monroe Superintendent Phil Cagwin. “I am truly proud to work in a school district that has such a strong partnership with the community.”
The city of Monroe, which straddles the border of Butler and Warren counties next to Interstate 75 has seen explosive commercial and residential growth in recent years and a jump in school enrollment — doubling in the last 15 years to more than 2,700 students.
The new levy will generate $2.2 million of the district’s annual operating budget of $24 million.
The next financial challenge for Monroe Schools is getting more state funding, according to Cagwin.
“Due to the state funding formula, we receive the fewest state dollars per pupil of any school district in Butler County, so the tax burden lies primarily on our local taxpayers,” he said. “While we appreciate and value their support, I will continue to communicate with our state legislators in an attempt to increase the percentage of state financial support for Monroe Schools.”