Beavercreek City Schools considering critical cuts after levy fails by just 151 votes

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BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WKEF/WTGT) - Beavercreek City Schools is look to bounce back from the levy that failed to pass in November.

The district voted to put the 6.15 mill levy on the May ballot and is considering critical cuts to the budget.

In November, tax payers voted on a levy that would raise $11.4 million annually for Beavercreek City School District.

“That failed,” said Superintendent Paul Otten. “26 thousand voters, failed by 151 votes.”

Now its back to the drawing board for the district.

On Thursday, Otten laid out recommendations where the district could make cuts.

“We recognize we lost a year of revenue in 2019, additional revenue, so we have to start putting some reductions in place,” he said.

Some of the reduction recommendations include cutting certain course electives, as well as cutting about 30 staff members, which include teacher and administrative positions

“I sat tonight in here with a teacher who, he’s probably one of the social studies teachers getting cut,” Tina McNachtan said.

She’s a 4th grade teacher, parent and middle school coach for the district, and said it was also hard to hear another recommendation is to increase athletic participation fees.

“Our numbers are going to get cut drastic and that’s heartbreaking because so many of those kids that is the thing that keeps them going,” she said.

On Thursday night, the board voted to give the levy another try and put the 6.15 mill levy on the ballot in May.

“We want to listen to our community,” said Superintendent Otten. “We want to be fiscally responsible with what we’re doing.”

A similar levy has failed in previous years, but the district is confident they will get the message out to voters that they need their support.

“75 percent of our dollars that we get come from our community and so very little bit comes from the state and from the federal government," he said.

“Our schools are our community,” said Tina McNachtan, who’s in support of the May levy. “If we don’t have good schools we don’t good community support for them then we lose out on housing values and we lose out on a lot of things that make it so that we are what we are,” said McNachtan.

If the levy passes on May it would raise $11.4 million a year and cost a $100,000 homeowner $217 annually

The school board plans to meet in February to discuss Thursday’s recommendations.

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