Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools - Impact of May Levy
[Bellbrook, March 25, 2021] On March 24 the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss district finances. The board discussed staffing and programing ramifications based on the outcomes of the May ballot issue. The school district has a 7-year limited term Emergency Operating Levy on the May 4, 2021 ballot that will yield $3,220,000 (4.9 mills). The passage of this emergency levy will help fund the district’s day-to-day operations, such as staffing, utilities, transportation, and supplies.
If the May levy passes, the district will reinstate the K-5 STEM program, thirty-one (31) supplemental positions for clubs/activities/athletics, and two (2) librarian positions within the district. In the past, the district has made investments in these areas; however, due to previous reductions, resources are being underutilized and opportunities are being missed by our students. Due to previous reductions, our libraries are not open every day and student checkout rates have been adversely impacted. The K-12 checkout rate of books is down by 64% this school year with the high school rate down 91%. Bell Creek Intermediate parent Robert Morris states about STEM “as a parent in the district, I have seen first hand the benefits of STEM. It is exciting to watch as my children take the concepts taught through the curriculum and use them to understand and explain how things work in the world around them, as opposed to simply being an observer.”
If the May levy does not pass, the district will reduce up to three (3) K-12 staffing positions and will continue to look for other cost-saving measures.
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools Places Emergency Levy on May Ballot
[Bellbrook, January 25, 2021] During the January 23 meeting, the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Board of Education voted unanimously to put a 7 year, $3,220,000 (4.9 mills) Emergency Operating Levy on the May 4, 2021 ballot. The passage of this emergency levy will provide a critical lifeline to help fund the district’s day-to-day operations, such as staffing, utilities, transportation, and supplies. The financial situation of Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools continues to be a critical issue facing our school district. Since 2018 the Board of Education has implemented 4 phases of reductions that total over $4.8 million and a reduction of over 11% of our staff. This has increased class sizes and has eliminated programs such as K-5 STEM, K-6 Art, high school busing, middle school foreign language and the elimination of 85 supplementals such as various coaching, and club advisor positions. These savings and reductions have allowed our district to stay solvent but continued reductions increase the likelihood of providing even fewer opportunities and/or increased class sizes for our students.