BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – School officials in Beavercreek say they need residents to pass a 6.2-mill levy this November, or the district will have to make nearly $10 million in budget cuts.
Officials say the Beavercreek district is growing rapidly and will face a deficit in three years if no changes are made.
According to Paul Otten, Beavercreek City Schools superintendent, the 6.2-mill emergency levy would break down to about $217 per year per $100,000 in assessed property value. It would last five years and raise $11.4 million for the district, he added.
If the levy fails, the district will have to make nearly $10 million in cuts to avoid a deficit, Otten said.
“I don’t know if we could get to that number and still have a district that this community would be excited to have,” Otten said.
This would be the district’s first new levy in five years, he added.
If the levy fails, many of the cuts would include teacher layoffs, eliminating bussing for high school students and getting rid of electives and other class offerings, Otten said. Some sports teams and otehr after-school activities would also be eliminated, and those that remain would require fees to participate, he added.
The student population is growing rapidly, Otten explained, contributing to growing costs for the district.
“Every kid that walks through our door, we are not getting any additional funding for, so it’s stretching those dollars even more-so,” he said.
2 NEWS spoke with several parents and others in the community to get their thoughts on the levy. While many said they didn’t know enough about the levy to speak on-camera, others expressed concern, saying they believe a 6.2-mill levy is too much money.
But school officials have gotten the levy as low as they can, Otten said, and they believe it’s worth the investment.
“In this school year, we’ve made $1.1 million in cost savings, but looking forward, more reductions would change the district dramatically,” Otten said.
If it passes, the levy would go into effect January 1.
If it fails in November and goes up for another vote in May, the district won’t be able to reduce the amount of the levy, and school officials would still have to make some permanent cuts, Otten said.
The school district is holding several meetings with residents to discuss the issue and answer questions. For a complete schedule of those meetings, click here.