Dublin residents will hear the word "maintain" a lot this fall during the school district's campaign for a combined bond issue and operating levy.

Dublin residents will hear the word "maintain" a lot this fall during the school district's campaign for a combined bond issue and operating levy.

At last week's convocation for district administrators, teachers and support staff, treasurer Steve Osborne emphasized the Nov. 4 ballot issue is needed to "maintain current services," not pay for new ones.

He told district employees that their support is critical to the success of the issue, because their "devotion and commitment is recognized by everyone in our community."

He said it also was important that the staff have the correct information in hand when called on to answer questions from parents and others in the community.

Jeff Rich, one of four co-chairs for the campaign's Good Schools Committee, echoed Osborne's words.

"One word that Steve says that will win this election or not: 'Maintain,' " Rich told the staff. "You know over the last year the board of education has been tightening its belt, making various reductions. We know the community has been doing the same thing in these tough times, and that's all this levy and bond issue is about is maintenance."

"You are the very best ambassadors for the Nov. 4 ballot issue," said campaign co-chair Mike Brothers. "The contacts you make carry more weight than all of the campaign literature we send out."

District residents Sherrell Welcker and Martha Hilliard are the other campaign co-chairs.

If approved, the combined $49-million bond issue and 7.9-mill operating levy will cost a homeowner an additional $242 a year in property taxes for every $100,000 in assessed property value.

The district last week sent out a press release listing the credentials of the co-chairs.

Brothers is a 20-year resident of the district. His daughter, Kelly, is a senior at Jerome High School and his╩son, Robbie, is a seventh-grader at Karrer Middle School. His wife, Karen, is a guidance counselor at Coffman High School. He is a graduate of Ohio State University, and the owner of Club Z In-Home Tutoring and Achievement Learning Technology LLC.

He has been a member of the Good Schools Committee since 1987. Brothers and his wife are spokespeople for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital╩and volunteer their time to Canine Companions. They also sit on╩the Central Ohio Miracle League board of directors.

Welcker and her husband, Keith, have been district residents for 12 years. Their daughter, Kim, is a Coffman╩graduate and senior at Purdue University, majoring in mechanical engineering. Daughter Adriane is a senior at Jerome and daughter Monica is a freshman at╩Coffman. Welcker graduated from Purdue╩University with a B.S. in general management/marketing. She was a volunteer on the 2004 Good Schools Committee.

Rich graduated from Ohio State in 1967 and received his law degree from Cleveland╩State University in 1970. He is a 30-year resident of the district. His children graduated from Dublin schools. He is the managing partner of the law firm Rich, Crites & Wesp LLC and is a past chairperson of BalletMet Columbus.

Hilliard is a stay-at-home mom and a tax preparer during the tax season. She has three children, two at Scioto╩High School and one at Riverside Elementary.

She is originally from North Carolina and has been a district╩resident since 2005.

She has a B.S. in computer science and minor in accounting. She attended North Carolina State University and the University of North╩Florida.

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