The Levy Ladies held court Monday night to discuss a name, slogan and a plan of action for passing a proposed 8.9-mill operating levy for Canal Winchester Local Schools.

The Levy Ladies held court Monday night to discuss a name, slogan and a plan of action for passing a proposed 8.9-mill operating levy for Canal Winchester Local Schools.

It will be the fourth attempt to pass a school levy in two years.

Jennifer Nack, Melissa Chiles, Kelly Scott, Kelly Coakley and Christy Jones decided on "Parents for Progress" as a name for the larger levy campaign group, and the slogan: "unity in the community."

"This whole thing has to take a lot of work," Nack said. "We can't take the easy way out."

In May, Nack and Chiles spoke to school board members to express their intention of running a campaign for the levy.

In their meeting June 16, school board members voted for the first time to seek certification of a levy for the November ballot.

In their brainstorming session, the ladies decided they want to target unregistered voters and registered non-voters, Nack said.

"Every time (a levy) has failed by less," said Coakley, who has two children enrolled in the district. "The margins keep getting closer and closer."

The March levy failed by about 150 votes.

"People have got to get it in their heads that it is a privilege to vote," Chiles added.

Campaign events will kick off at the elementary school open houses, scheduled for Aug. 22, Nack said.

The ladies said they would use the open house as a chance to register voters and pass out signs, fliers and to recruit interested parents.

"Fundraising is a huge issue," Chiles said.

The mother of two children in the district, Chiles said the campaign will require about $8,000-$10,000.

Fundraising events will involve the village Labor Day Festival, local businesses and football.

"We really want to pull football season into this, too," Nack said. "In this election every single vote counts."

The Levy Ladies also discussed the creation of a Web site and logo.

"We don't want anything to refer back to the old," Coakley said of last year's levy campaign. "We want something completely new."

School board members are expected to approve finalizations on the levy petition at their next meeting, scheduled for July 21.

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