Since 2018, the district has cut $2.3 million. After voters turned down a levy in May, the district eliminated some bus routes and 20 staff positions.
Cozad did not sugarcoat the list of cuts the district must make no matter what.
“Even if we do pass a levy, we are still right at about zero for our 5-year forecast. there are reductions that we still have to do in order to push that off,” he said.
Those measures include:
- Raising sports participation fees from $150 to $200
- Increasing all-day/everyday kindergarten tuition by $900 a year
“Actually, this was about the amount it was a few years ago. We’re bringing it back up to that amount,” Cozad said.
Those fee hikes would save the district close to $290,000 in 2020-21.
A levy failure means even deeper cuts, which will save $747,083 over the next two years including:
- Eliminating gifted STEP program at Bell Creek Intermediate School
- Eliminating world language offerings at Bellbrook Middle School
- Eliminating 1 English position at Bellbrook High School
- No parking lot resurfacing or landscape mulch in summer 2020
- Delay purchasing Chromebooks for 1 year
The district is seeking a 5.7-mill operating levy on the March ballot. If approved, the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $200 a year.