CANTON, OH (October 25, 2011) – The Canton City School District’s 7.9-mill operating levy has received the endorsement of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The school district has not received new money from voters for eight years. In that time, it has cut $18.5 million in expenses without degrading academic programs. Academic achievement, as measured by the state report card, high school graduation rates and college-going rates, is at an all-time high. The district predicts the need to make $15.9 million in additional cuts in the next two years without new tax income. District leaders said those cuts likely will reduce the programs that have led to academic achievement and likely will increase class size. “Canton City has done a remarkable job of raising student achievement and has shown it can spend its money wisely over the eight years since its last tax was approved by voters,” said Canton Regional Chamber President and CEO Dennis P. Saunier. “This record of performance has earned our Chamber’s support. “It also is important for Canton and all of Stark County to ensure that the county’s largest school district has the money to carry on its good work,” Saunier added. The Canton City School District’s 7.9-mill operating levy is Issue 27 for residents of the school district.