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Just a reminder that there is a renewal levy on the May 2nd ballot. Please remember to vote.

Key points about renewal levy:

1. The levy is called an "emergency levy" only because that's the term used by the state when a levy seeks a specific amount of money over a specific period of time.

2. The levy is NOT A NEW TAX. Voters first approved this levy in 1996 and have already renewed WITH NO INCREASES three times in 2002, 2007 and 2012.

3. The district is seeking NO NEW MONEY.

4. The Levy collects 1.58 million a year or about 8% of the District’s operating budget.

5. State Funding accounts for 56% of the operating revenue to the school and the District is receiving less than previous years FY 18 and FY 19. In prior fiscal years the District has relied on 7% increases and in the next 2 years those increases decrease to less than 2% in FY 2018 and 1% in FY 2019 leaving the District with a forecasted decrease in funding of $1.3 million over the next 2 years as compared to the October 5 year forecast.

6. If the levy is not renewed, the district will also lose $71,344 a year from the state provided in House Bill 66.

7. Defiance collects one of the lowest percentages of local revenue from taxpayers in the state (According to ODE):
Defiance: 26% (other funding sources that make up 18% are federal and non taxable)
Ayersville: 36%
Tinora: 54%
State Average: 41%

Why is it so important to renew levy:

Levy is 8% of operating budget and pays for:
Teacher’s salaries
Curriculum Materials

Timeline of Levy

1996 - 7.1 Operating Levy was passed
2001 - Voters rejected (twice) proposed increase to the 7.1 mills to 11 mills. School lost 1.2 million in revenue and made significant cuts
2002 - Voters approved a 7.1 mill Emergency Levy. This millage collects 1.58 million a year
2007 - Voters renewed Emergency levy at same dollar amount they did in 1996.
2012 - Voters renewed Emergency levy at same dollar amount they did in 1996.

1. Is this a new tax? NO. This is a renewal and not an increase or new tax.
2. Will I pay More Taxes? NO. This renewal is a fixed amount and will collect 1.58 million and not anymore than that amount if home valuations change.

3. Why is this Levy Necessary? The Levy provides essential educational programs and services provided by the school.

4. Didn’t the voters just pass a levy in 2014? YES, but not for operations. In 2014, the voters approved a 3.78 mill bond levy to cover the local share of costs to build the new MS/HS building. That project is currently over $1 million UNDER budget. This Bond Levy cannot be used for operating costs and is not associated with the emergency renewal levy the District is asking for on May 2, 2017.

Thank you for your continued support of the Defiance City School District.

Kindergarten Registration & Screening is OPEN
Our Kindergarten Registration window is now open!  Please call the school office at 419-785-2260 and select the K-2 side.  We will take your child's name, address and birthdate and assign you a screening appointment.  If you missed our April screening week, we will be doing another day on May 16.   
Please begin collecting the following documents for your May appointment:
Social Secuirty Card (or know the number)
Birth Certificate (must be the official document, not the hospital footprint record)
Immunization Record (most students still need their kindergarten boosters)
Custody Papers (if applicable)
Proof of Residency (i.e. driver's license, utility bill, rental agreement) 
Defiance Elementary offers two kindergarten-aged programs to children turning five by September 30, 2017.  We have our early-five program, KinderStart; and our regular kindergarten program.  KinderStart is geared toward students with late spring or summer birthdays. 
We look forward to meeting our new Defiance Elementary students!
Upcoming Events at DES

April 10-13 - Kindergarten Screening

April 14 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday

April 19 - Grade 1 and 2 TinCap Game

April 25 - Normal School Day (Scheduled Two-hour delay is CANCELLED)

April 26 - Teach Kids To Save Day @ State Bank - 2nd Grade

May 9 - Peter Rabbit Play (Menendez, Shindler, George)

May 11 & 12 - The State Bank Amazing Shake for 4th & 5th graders

May 12 - Grade 3 to Sauder’s Museum

May 15-19 - Right to Read Week

May 16 - Family Literacy Night

May 17 - Grade 4 to Grand Rapids Canal (1/2)

May 19 - Oustanding Student Overnighter - Grades 3, 4 and 5

May 23 - Scheduled Two-Hour Delay - Doors open at 10:30 a.m., 5th Grade MS Visit

May 24 - Grade 5 to Auglaize Village

May 25 - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Zoo Field Trips

May 25-26 - Grade 2 to Camp Lakota

May 26 - Grade 4 to Grand Rapids Canal (other ½)

May 29 - NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

May 30 - Last Day of School - Early Dismissal @ 2:45 p.m.

Defiance City Schools has central registration.  If you need to enroll your child for the 2016-17 school year, please visit our central office located on Arabella St. inside the middle school.  You will need the following information to enroll your child:
Birth Certificate
Social Security Number
Immunization Record
Custody Papers (if applicable) 
Proof of Residency (driver's license, utility bill) 
We look forward to meeting our new Bulldogs!
Hours of Operation and Book Fees
The Defiance Elementary School day runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Our doors unlock at 8:30 a.m. for arrival.
Book fees for elementary students are $52.00.
Defiance City Schools will have scheduled two-hour delays this school year.  These will be on the following Tuesdays:
September 27, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 29, 2016
January 24, 2017
February 21, 2017
March 21, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 23, 2017 
School will begin at 11:00 a.m. on these scheduled delay days.  Doors will unlock at 10:30 a.m.
K-3 Learning Standards
If you have questions about the detail contained under each category on your child's standards based grade card, please click on this link.  It will direct you to the Ohio Department of Education's website.  You can then select the subject and grade you are interested in viewing:
Grades K-3 do not assign letter grades to students.  All report cards are based on skills listed under each standard.  
Phone Numbers
Elementary  419-785-2260
K-2 Fax         419-785-2261
3-5 Fax          419-785-2262
629 Arabella St.  Defiance, Ohio 43512  |  Phone: 419-782-0070
Defiance High School  |  Phone: 419-784-2777
Defiance Middle School  |  Phone: 419-782-0050
Defiance Elementary  |  Phone: 419-785-2260
Defiance Athletic Department  |  419-784-0102
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Defiance City Schools
629 Arabella Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Call 419-782-0070
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