SPECIAL EDITIONMessage from the Superintendent
2010 Census: You can help create a better future for you and those important to you.
Participation in the 2010 Census is easy, safe and important to the future of our community. With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census is one of the shortest ever. I recently completed the questionnaire for my household in even less time and found none of the questions intrusive. I am encouraging everyone to complete and return their census forms using the enclosed prepaid envelope as soon as possible.
Some may not fully understand the critical impact the Census can have on our community for the next 10 years.
First, and most importantly, it establishes the “official” population for the State of Ohio, and each of its counties and cities. Population determines how many congressional seats Ohio will have, which affects the state’s ability to influence and shape national policies.
Closer to home, census data also directly impacts the allocation of federal funds in a number of areas, including:
- College tuition grants and loan programs
- Title I grants to educational agencies (including CCS)
- School breakfast and lunch programs
- Head Start programs
- Foster care and after-school programs
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food grants
- Public transportation
- Road construction and improvements
- Programs for the elderly
- Emergency food and shelter programs
- Unemployment compensation services
- Economic empowerment zones
The U.S. Census Bureau began mailing surveys to residents March 15.
Supportive assistance can be provided to those that are not fluent in English, able to read, or are hearing and seeing impaired. If you need any of these services or other services help, please feel free to contact the regional census center at 313-396-5200 or call the Census Bureau Call Center at 1-800-923-8282 (Monday to Thursday: 8:30 - 5:30 ET Friday: 8:30-4:30 ET).
Completing the census form is easy and it’s our civic responsibility. Spending just a few minutes to fill out your census form will help ensure our community gets its fair share of federal and state funding. You can help create a better future for you and those important to you.
To learn more, visit 2010census.gov.