Beavercreek City Schools considers cuts, levies

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BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) — Beavercreek City Schools is considering a number of measures to help regain financial stability over the upcoming years. A November levy failed by 150 votes. Superintendent Paul Otten said that failure doesn’t allow the district to collect new revenue in 2019 forcing the district to make cuts. 

More than 100 people turned out to a BCS Board of Education meeting to hear about Otten’s plans to regain financial stability.

Because the November levy failed, Otten said the district is losing out on money it now needs to make up for. The superintendent presented a plan to save the district $2.7 million.  

He’s recommending cutting 34 personnel positions. Fifteen of those are classroom teachers. Cutting down on staff would save the district $2.2 million.

Otten also recommended changing school day hours to save on busing costs. All students would be in school for six hours and 45 minutes. The plan would reduce the amount of time students are on buses, drop off students 10 minutes prior to the start of the school day, and allow the district to provide busing for all students. Changes to transportation would save the district $210,000.

Also in the plan, is having parents pay more for their children to participate in athletic programs. That would save $135,000 for the district.

“It’s a very difficult conversation to have. It’s nothing that any of us have been looking forward to. The board spent a lot of time trying to figure out what is the best thing for our community and our kids,” Otten said.

On top of those cuts, the district is also putting two levies on the May ballot. One levy is a renewal levy taxpayers are already paying into.

The second levy is a new ballot item. It would collect the same amount of money as the November levy was supposed to do.

The superintendent says although they are proposing cuts, the levies are still needed to keep the districts finances stable into the future. If the levy fails again, there will likely be additional cuts made to the district.

Some people at Thursday’s meeting were more worried about the levy than the proposed cuts.

“I’m not really worried about them. I’m more concerned with the levy that’s going to be on the ballot in May. That has to pass in order for the school district to improve otherwise there’s going to be more cuts next year and those will be more harsh than those this evening,” said Brian Jarvis, a local resident. 

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