7.5 mill Continuous Operating Levy: Get the Facts

  • What's next?

    Due to a loss of a year of collection due to the failure of the November 7, 2023, levy, the District is asking for a 7.5 mill continuous operating levy on the March 19, 2024, ballot.  Facilities that would have been affected by the bond will remain as-is throughout the District.  The Board of Education made the decision not to place a bond on the ballot in March.  

     

    This levy will generate approximately $14 million per year.  The cost to taxpayers would be $263 per $100,000 of the auditor's total value ($22 per month per $100,000 of the auditor's total value or $5.06 per week per $100,000 auditor's total value).

     

    To see an estimated breakdown, see the chart below. These are only estimates.

     

    Estimated Total Value Estimated Cost Per Year Estimated Cost Per Month Estimated Cost Per Week
           
    $100,000.00 $263.00 $22.00 $5.06
    $150,000.00 $394.50 $32.88 $7.59
    $200,000.00 $526.00 $43.83 $10.12
    $250,000.00 $657.50 $54.79 $12.64
    $300,000.00 $789.00 $65.75 $15.17
    $350,000.00 $920.50 $76.71 $17.70
    $400,000.00 $1,052.00 $87.67 $20.23

     

    To calculate your estimated tax, use the Auditor's total value as indicated in the graphic below, not the taxable value or the value you may find on Zillow.

     

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    The District does not collect additional tax dollars as property values increase or with new construction.  The levy will only collect what was approved by the voters.

    The District has not asked for new money since 2013.

     

    Redistricting will occur in the 2024-2025 school year at the elementary level, regardless of the passage or failure of an operating levy. 


     

    How are our schools funded?

     

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    Cuts for the 2024-2025 School Year

    Based on the current five-year forecast, even with the passage of the levy, the District will make $8 to $10 million in permanent cuts over four years beginning in the 2024-2025 school year.  This is due to the loss of collection dollars as a result of the failure of the operating levy in November.  Redistricting will assist in the consolidation of resources and positions.  Reduction through attrition will be utilized whenever possible.  Proposed reductions include:

     

    • Administrative Staff
    • Certified Staff
    • Classified Staff
    • Supplies and Materials
    • District Operations

     

    Initial proposed reductions will be implemented in an attempt to have a minimal impact on student programming and services that have been implemented over the past eight to ten years.  See the chart below for a listing. 

     

    Programming Added Over the Last 8 to 10 Years
     
    Tuition-Free All Day Kindergarten  
    Expansion of Gifted Programming  
    Makerspaces in All K-12 Buildings  
    College and Career Programming College and Career Counselor at the high school level
    CEO Program at the high school level (internship opportunity)
    Job Shadowing for students in grades 6-12
    Increased Electives at Medina High School PLTW Biomedical Engineering I, II, and III, French, Digital Arts Photography, Family and Consumer Science (Cooking), Speech
    Eight New AP Courses (26 Total)  
    Added Electives at the Middle School Level MS 101, World Language Exploration, PLTW in grades 6-8
    Teaming at the Middle School Level Team days, more support/interventions for students
    Extracurricular Opportunities Elementary and middle school STEM
    Maintained Average Class Sizes at the Elementary Level  
    1:1 Technology K-12  
    Updated Classroom Technology  
    Instructional Coaches  
    Expanded School Counseling PK-12  
    Increased Resource Officers  
    Upgraded Security  
    Updated Curriculum Materials In All Core Content Areas  
    Increased Band Instructors at Middle and High School Levels  
    Increased Transportation  
    Reduced Pay to Participate Fees  

     


    Why is the District seeking a continuous levy?

    • Stability: Continuous levies offer financial stability since they don't require frequent renewals. This stability can be crucial for planning and implementing long-term educational initiatives.
    • Consistency: With a continuous levy, the school district can maintain a consistent level of funding over an extended period. This helps in avoiding sudden budget shortfalls and allows for more effective resource allocation.
    • Reduced Election Costs: Traditional levies require periodic renewal through elections, incurring associated costs. Continuous levies can save on these election expenses since they don't need to be voted on regularly.
    • Long-Term Planning: The indefinite nature of continuous levies supports long-term planning, enabling the district to invest in sustained educational improvements, infrastructure upgrades, or other initiatives aligned with the District's goals.

    How does a continuous levy support students?

    • Consistent Resources: Continuous levies provide a reliable and stable source of funding. This financial consistency allows schools to maintain essential resources such as qualified teachers, up-to-date learning materials, and modern technology. Students can benefit from a more consistent and enriching educational experience.
    • Program Stability: With a predictable funding stream, schools can sustain and expand academic and extracurricular programs that enhance students' learning experiences. This could include advanced placement courses, arts programs, sports, and other activities that contribute to a well-rounded education.
    • Support for Individual Pathways: Continuous funding enables schools to invest in personalized learning initiatives, addressing the diverse needs and interests of students. This may involve tailored educational pathways, additional support services, or specialized programs that help each student thrive on their unique educational journey.
    • Quality Teaching and Support Staff: A continuous levy allows the district to attract and retain high-quality teachers by offering competitive salaries and professional development opportunities. A stable teaching staff contributes to a positive and consistent learning environment for students.
    • Infrastructure and Technology Upgrades: Continuous funding facilitates ongoing improvements to school facilities and technology infrastructure. Up-to-date facilities and technology create a more conducive learning environment, ensuring that students have access to modern resources for their education.

    What is the difference between a continuous and emergency levy?

    A continuous levy provides long-term financial stability, whereas an emergency levy is term-based, typically five or ten-year terms requiring the District to return to taxpayers more often. Should an emergency levy renewal not pass, the District loses those operating dollars until a renewal is passed.


    What happens if a levy does not pass in the calendar year 2024?

    Based on the current five-year forecast, the non-passage of an operating levy in calendar year 2024 will result in additional cuts to programming and services for students beginning in the 2025-2026 school year. Reductions potentially could include but are not limited to the following:

    • Busing to the State minimum of two miles and no busing to Medina High School
    • Increase in the average class size at the elementary level
    • Increase in Pay-to-Participate fees
    • Reduction of school resource officers
    • Reduction of school counseling services
    • Reduction of gifted services
    • Middle/high school electives
    • Reduction in AP course offerings
    • Middle school teaming
    • Further staffing reductions, including administration, certified, and classified

    What will happen with the Yellow Plan?

    Currently, the Board has decided not to pursue a bond for facilities. The Board has decided not to move forward at this time with a 5/6 upper elementary building or a 7/8 middle school building. The Board, however, continues to explore future options to move forward with the Yellow Plan, which would accommodate, at minimum, a 5-6 grade building and a 7-8 grade building. 



     

     

     

Questions

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Precaution Discussion at the January 22, 2024 Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

Jeanne Pritchard, Board of Education President

Five-Year Forecast Presentation November 20, 2023

During the November 20, 2023, regular meeting of the Board of Education, District Treasurer David Chambers reviewed the current five-year forecast. To hear his presentation, click on the video below.

Five-Year Forecast November 20, 2023 PowerPoint Presentation

  • To view the five-year forecast presented by Treasurer David Chambers on November 20, 2023, click on the image below.

     

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