November 2013 Operating Levy:  An Overview
 
 
 
Why is the Beavercreek City School District on the ballot again?
•    It has been 10 years since our district last received additional funds from an operating levy.
 
•    Enrollment has increased by more than 1,000 students during the same time period.
 
•    During this time, our district has seen significant cuts in state funding.  We also haven’t seen
an increase in basic state aid in more than 20 years. 
 
•    Our district receives very little state and federal revenue.              
 -    State law (known as House Bill 920, passed in 1976) limits the amount of inflationary growth school districts can receive from local tax levies. 
 
-   The state's per pupil funding formula does not favor our district's students (see explanation).
 
 
What has the district done to cut costs?
District leaders have made significant cuts over the last two years, including:

Reducing salary and wage expenses by nearly $6 million:
•    Cutting more than 75 teachers, administrators and support staff
•    Reducing all salary schedules by 2 percent in 2011-12
•    Freezing all salaries—including steps for years of service—in 2012-13
•    Increasing employees’ share of health care costs, both in terms of premiums and co-pays

Vital student programs have also been cut.  These include, but are not limited to:
•    Elementary music, art and gym
•    Tutors for the district’s most at-risk students
•    Services and teachers for gifted students
•    Busing for all high school students

How much will the levy cost me?
Approximately $18.38 per month $100,000 of appraised property value.
 
How much will the levy generate?
The November 2013 issue is a 6.3 mill, fixed-income emergency operating levy that will generate $10.4 million per year for five years.  

How will the funds be used?
While the passage of the November 5 operating levy would prevent the need for immediate and additional cuts, it will only allow for the restoration of a limited number of vital educational programs and student services.  Upon passage of Issue 19, district leaders would evaluate the most pressing needs of our schools and present recommendations to the Board of Education at that time.  Ultimately, the Board of Education will make decisions they believe are best for the district and vote on these decisions in an open public meeting. 

What programs and services WOULD be restored if the levy passes?
Without a levy, more cuts will be necessary—cuts that risk Beavercreek’s quality.  Those cuts, and any restorations, will be determined by the Board of Education and school administrators.