BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Beavercreek City Schools says it had to make some tough decisions after their operating levy failed.
Teacher cuts and pay to participate athletic programs are two major changes for the 2019-2020 school year.
They’re part of new budget cuts at the district, totaling $2.7 million. Officials there say they had no choice.
“It’s extremely difficult,” said Public Relations Specialist at Beavercreek City Schools, Ryan Gilding. “When you’re talking about eliminating positions, people, it’s emotional.”
Among the cuts: 14 teachers, 3 assistant teachers, an assistant principal, a library specialist, and curriculum supervisor.
The cuts come after Beavercreek voters rejected a 6.2 mill operating levy, last November, leaving the district with a loss of revenue for the entire fiscal year.
“When you lose a lot of revenue. You have to make tough decisions,” Gilding said. “One of the biggest goals when we sat down and looked at our budget and we looked at the road ahead of us is we wanted to make changes that would affect students the least.”
In addition to a 10 per cent cut in department budgets, the district also introduced a new fee for athletic programs. Middle school students pay $150 per sport, high school students pay $250.
“The cost to educate kids, sadly is never going to do down,” Gilding said. “And just in general, the cost of things keep increasing.”
This May, the district is going to put another operating levy on the ballot: 6.15 mills to generate just over $11 million. But if it fails, once again, families could see more cuts.
Gilding says the district has an open line of communication with families and they want anyone with questions or concerns to reach out to them, about the upcoming levy.