In May, voters shot down a levy
in Oak Hills Local School District. As a result, administrators
had to find cuts totaling $3.6 million, and it could happen again come November
if the levy is again voted down.
Officials say if that happens,
they'll need to find cuts of $5.8 million over the course of two
To do that, school leaders have
proposed some reduction in personnel.
"We've tried to stay away
from personnel as much as we can, particularly in the classroom, but we no
longer have the luxury of keeping the same number of teachers that we have and
remain fiscally healthy," said Oak Hills Superintendent Todd Yohey.
The proposed cuts would eliminate
Among them, 20 teachers at Oak
Hills High School, a total of 24 teachers in the middle schools, 2.5 gifted
teachers positions, one administrator position, one psych assistant and five
"I think the teachers in
with the kids is the most critical part. We need them there as much as we
can, and I'd hate to see the class sizes grow to that level," said Linus
Ryland, president of the Rapid Run Middle School PTA.
It's been 16 years since Oak
Hills has had a levy. After November, it will have happened twice this
For a Delhi man, cuts in the
classroom just aren't acceptable.
"I don't think it's fair to
the kids. If they're going to make cuts, I believe it should be across
the board. It shouldn't be just the teachers hurting. I mean,
there's higher-ups probably making a lot more money," said Alexander Willis.
The November levy is exactly the
same as May's.
It's a 5-year levy for a millage
of 4.82 that would generate $5.3 million a year.
"This levy, just like it was in
May, is a status quo levy. It's a levy to generate the revenue needed to
allow us to continue doing what we're doing right now," added Yohey.
Another way school officials are
looking to generate revenue if the levy fails is raising the pay-to-participate
fees. Fees would jump by $75 for high school and middle school students,
bringing the totals to $225 and $200, respectively.
Yohey also noted at Thursday's
meeting that more than 80% of the school district's budget is tied up in
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