The Reynoldsburg school district's levy campaign committee and more than 200 volunteers are promising a grassroots effort to convince voters to support a 15.6-mill operating levy on the May ballot.

The Reynoldsburg school district's levy campaign committee and more than 200 volunteers are promising a grassroots effort to convince voters to support a 15.6-mill operating levy on the May ballot.

"We're really trying to engage with the community, educate the community, on a very factual, full disclosure basis, and to operate with the most transparency as we can, providing the most information as we can," levy campaign co-chair Daryl Albrecht said at the school board's March 17 meeting.

He said the campaign slogan is "S.O.S. Save Our Schools Save Our City." Volunteers will be providing information to the community "through our Web sites, door-to-door, and engaging with community members and parents at school and city events, through e-mails, through our written flyers and posters and signs," he said.

One important aspect of the campaign, according to Albrecht, is that volunteers will not just be running through neighborhoods hanging flyers on doors, but will be going door-to-door to talk with residents.

He said volunteers started doing this on March 21 and will continue doing so every Saturday up to election day.

In addition, Albrecht said campaign volunteers will attend PTO and teacher conferences, school dances and sporting events.

"We want to show some visible progress," he said. "We're trying to make sure the community is seeing the progress that we're making, whether they see our signs, or us at one event after another," Albrecht said. "So you see there is a movement and a growing sense of urgency toward this May 5 vote."

The campaign committee has 8,000 flyers of information to pass out, along with 1,000 yard signs which will begin going up all over the city March 24. Volunteers will start working the phones on April 20 to try to reach 6,695 parents in the district.

Albrecht said there are five things people can do to help save the schools and pass the levy: Vote yes on May 5; get educated about the issue; volunteer; put signs in their yards; and get nine people they know to do the same five things.

He said so far, the pro-levy Web site at www.savereysd.com has had more than 2,800 hits with more than 500 people registered so far in support of the levy.

The campaign committee and volunteers meet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at the school district's administration building, 7244 E. Main St. Albrecht said and anyone is welcome to attend.

Campaign co-chair David Hedrick, a 2008 RHS graduate, said the most important thing is for people to show up at the polls on May 5.

"Education, I think, plays perhaps the most crucial role in the preservation of our liberty," Hedrick said. "I fear for the quality of education in the community if nearly 100 teachers are laid off a few of which hit pretty close to home for me."

The 15.6-mill levy, if approved, would generate $12,012,047 annually for the district, according to the Franklin County Auditor's Office. It would cost an additional $477.75 annually per $100,000 of home valuation. That equals $39.82 monthly or $1.31 daily.

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