Price was a teacher for three years. He said he’s pushing to restore programs lost to recent budget cuts, with busing at the top of the list. But he said Bellbrook schools need to find an alternative to property tax levies, suggesting earned income tax as a possibility.
“I am a free and independent thinker,” he said. “I have demonstrably worked to make the district fiscally sound, but also to address (transparency). I will advocate for our students’ safety and well-being.”
Williamson, owner of a sign company and parent of three young children, thinks transparency is the biggest issue facing the school board. She said lack of transparency through multiple levy campaigns “caused a lot of our drama” in recent years, and she argued in favor of public work sessions and an “open checkbook” system like many local governments use.
“I feel like we can’t tackle educational things and move forward as a district until everybody’s on board, until everybody understands what’s going on,” she said.
Williamson said she thinks the district should survey the community now about different funding approaches so they’re ready when the seven-year levy expires. She’s “not displeased” with Bellbrook’s current COVID protocols and
She was a levy supporter, and she supports restoring some of the busing cuts, but said she’s “on the fence” on restoring other programs pending “a hard look at how that’s going to affect finances going forward.”