State Representatives Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) and John Barnes (D-Cleveland) introduced legislation that would create an additional funding source for the school district of Orange City Schools.

The piece of legislation would create specialty license plates for the entire school district. With the purchase of the specialty license plates, the school will receive additional funding that shall be designated to assist in the emotional and mental well-being of their students.

Under the legislation, any Ohio resident who wishes to support the Orange City Schools can purchase the appropriate license plate, which will showcase the school’s design. There will be an additional charge of $40 on top of the original costs for the plate—$10 to be used by the BMV for administrative purposes and $30 to be directly earmarked to the Orange City School District. Purchasers of the plates shall remain anonymous from any school database, unless they complete a consent form to release their information to the schools.

“The specialty license plate for the Orange City Schools is a new financial mechanism, in which, the students will greatly benefit,” said Rep. Anielski. “I am pleased that my colleague, Representative Barnes, recognized the opportunity to join me in assisting our most precious gifts, our children, in developing into thriving empowered adults.”

"We are grateful to Representatives Anielski and Barnes for creating this opportunity that will assist the Orange Schools in continuing its focus on the positive, social and emotional well-being of our students.  This specialty license plate will showcase the Orange Pride while keeping with the district’s philosophy of encouraging support of the whole child,” said Orange City School District Superintendent, Dr. Ed Holland.

Rep. Barnes said, “I am pleased to join with Representative Anielski to establish the Orange School District license plate. The intention of this bill is to provide additional funding to eradicate some of the challenges that students face in the school experience. I believe that the programming will enhance access to wellness and performance.”

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