The Lebanon Board of Education voted Monday to ask voters again to approve a 4-year, 4.99-mill operating levy.The levy, rejected by voters in May, will be on November ballots.STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD

Lebanon schools asking again in November for levy

On May 7, 56 percent of district voters rejected a 4-year, 4.99-mill levy expected to raise $5 million a year for operating expenses.

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“The levy is identical to the one that was turned down by voters in May of this year. If passed by voters in November, the levy will run for four years before needing renewed by voters,” Superintendent Todd Yohey said in a press release. Since the May election, the district cut $1.3 million from its operating budget, including four teaching positions, 10 special education aid positions and one media specialist.

“The district also reduced purchases in curriculum and technology, as well as some cuts in student transportation. If the November levy does not pass, the district will need to make additional budget cuts in January,” Yohey added in the release.

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“Those cuts could include the elimination of high school transportation, eliminating transportation for students in grades K-8 that live within two miles of their schools, reductions in administrative, teaching, and custodial personnel, office staff, and aides. More details on possible cuts will be announced by the district in August.”

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