Greenon school board approves levy cuts

April 26, 2014

ENON — The Greenon Local School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Thursday, April 17, to solidify $328,000 in planned budget cuts if the May 6 operating levy fails.

“In order to balance our budget, the Greenon Local School District Board of Education had to make some difficult decisions about many of the programs that provide our students with an excellent, well-rounded education,” said Board President Dennis Henry. “The purpose of this resolution is to formalize those decisions to make sure that our community understands what’s at stake May 6.”

Greenon residents will vote on a 4.96-mill, 5-year levy that would generate $1.265 million for the operations of the district. Approval of the levy will help the district preserve quality educational programming and eliminate a projected financial deficit.

If the levy is not approved, the district will have to cut $328,000 from the budget in order to delay the deficit and state fiscal oversight. The planned cuts are:

  • No field trips, unless fully-funded from an outside source
  • Doubled pay-to-play fees - Pay-to-play fees would be $200 per sport, with a $500 family cap.
  • One Food Consumer Science Teacher - All Food Consumer Science Courses will be eliminated.
  • One FFA Teacher - The number of students served by the Vo-Ag/FFA program will be significantly reduced.
  • Two Science teacher - The Junior High STEM program, taken by every 7th and 8th grade student in the district, will be eliminated.
  • One Music Teacher - Choir and Band would not be offered for 5th and 6th grade students. Those students would have the opportunity to take General Music.

“Each of these programs is a valuable asset to our district that provides the children of this community with a well-rounded education,” said Superintendent Dan Bennett. “Over the last three years, we have cut positions through attrition, negotiated pay freezes and healthcare concessions with our employees and made the decision to consolidate the district. Through those efforts, we have cut about $1.2 million. Without new funding, we will have to make cuts to valuable programs that will impact the opportunities Greenon is able to offer to students.”

“The district is receiving about $700,000 less today in state foundation funding and Tangible Personal Property Tax than it did in 2010,” Henry said. “With this levy, we will be able to preserve the high-quality education and tradition of excellence for Greenon Local Schools.”

If approved, the 4.96-mill, 5-year levy would cost $14.47 a month or $173.60 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

“We hope that our voters will take time to learn about this critical issue so they can make an informed decision at the ballot May 6,” said Henry. “Support for this issue will help the district ensure that the children of our community have the education they need to be the future leaders of our region.”