On Thursday, three of the five candidates running for three available school board positions answered questions about how to get the Little Miami School District out of fiscal emergency. All of the candidates agree the future of the district relies on the passage of a school levy.
"The first and foremost thing we have to do is pass the levy," said Michael Cremeans, school board incumbent.
Michael Cremeans is running for re-election. He along with the other candidates hope voters refocus on what's important in the community and pass the November levy.
"We are here to help children become educated so when they get out of school, they can be competitive with the other kids in the other school systems and other communities, and they can't compete," said Randy Haas, school board candidate.
In May, a 13.95 mill operating levy failed by 121 votes. That same amount levy is on the ballot in November which would cost the owner of a $1,000 home $427 per year.
Candidates have an optimistic look that the levy will pass in November, and each have an idea of which programs and services are most important to bring back to the district.
"Busing, I have huge concern about the kids that are walking on Hwy. 122 to the high school. There are no sidewalks, I see it every morning when I go to work," said Nancy Journeay.
If the levy is passed the district will collect $10 million each of the next five years. The two candidates not at the forum were Julie Perelman and Scott Charlton.