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DELPHOS CITY SCHOOLS
Levy sought: 1 percent additional earned income tax for continuing period
Purpose: General operations
How much will it raise per year for your organization? $1.5 million minus $700,000 property tax reduction equals $800,000 net
Cost of the levy to taxpayers: $300 per year for a $30,000 income, $600 for $60,000 income
Why does your organization need the levy? This operating levy will provide Delphos City Schools with funds to meet current operating expenses. The new 1 percent earned income levy will fund personnel, instructional materials, utilities, transportation and other expenses related to the day-to-day operations of the school district.
The proposed reductions are in addition to cuts of well over $1 million in expected costs that have been made since 2007.
According to the latest statistics published by the Ohio Department of Education, the Delphos City Schools is now in the bottom 10 percent of cost per pupil spending amounts in Ohio. (The district has reduced spending even more since the release of this 2009 data.)
Despite the recent reductions, the district continues to make educational gains, obtaining an excellent rating from the ODE the past two years.
While the board and administration feel this improvement is attributed to our dedicated staff, the district cannot continue to cut programming and educational supplies and expect to continue to have the same results with student progress.
What will happen if the levy fails? Beginning with the 2011-12 school year, the following reductions in expenditures and steps taken to increase revenue will be implemented:
Pay-to-participate in all non-credit extracurricular activities.
Elimination of two part-time custodians.
Elimination of shuttle bus for vocational students in town.
Elimination of two and a half library aide positions.
Elimination of three elementary teachers.
Elimination of one high school teacher.
Elimination of transportation supervisor.
Elimination of safety services director/truancy officer.
Elimination of extended service days for vocational and guidance.
Study length of school day, which may be reduced to cover duties and plan time due to staff reductions.
This is a minimum list based upon current budget projections. Further reductions may have to be made but will depend upon the Ohio biennium budget for July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.
Submitted by Jeff Price, superintendent