CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Voters in the South Range School District said “no” to a school levy in November.
The Board of Education has decided to try again and on Wednesday night at the school complex on state Route 46, a meeting was held to discuss how to pass it.
The superintendent and principals spoke highly of the school district’s great programs, but any number of them could be on the chopping block.
“There are cuts looming because of our financial issues. We are about $460,000 deficit for fiscal year 2017,” South Range Superintendent Dennis Dunham said.
Cuts could include laying off employees or reducing the budget used for building repairs.
“we have to come together as a community and get our finances in order. We have to. We have got too much at stake here. We have built too wonderful of a place to let it get away,” South Range Treasurer Jim Phillips said.
School officials are proposing a 4.9-mill operating levy for the next three years. The superintendent said the tax is necessary to live up to South Range’s motto.
“A school serving children and those who love them. It’s caring for the kids, the intangibles that we have that make South Range a different place than anywhere else,” Dunham said.
Voters will decide on the levy when it appears on the ballot May 5.