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Cabinet presentation on the levy March 2009

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    • Bedford City Schools Facts about the 4.9-mill Operating Levy On the May 5, 2009 ballot
    • District Overview  Bedford Schools have been rated Effective by the Ohio Department of Education.  Two schools – Central Primary and Carylwood Intermediate – have been rated Excellent.  Students in grades four through eight exceeded state expectations in math and reading.  The Class of 2008 exceeded the state standard for Graduation Rate: 91.9%.  85% of our graduates go on to higher education.  We implemented a strict dress code.  We spend taxpayer dollars wisely. Building Tomorrow Together . . . 2
    • Initial Budget Cuts and Cost-saving Measures In order to reduce spending, we cut $6 million in the past three years (prior to placing the operating levy on the November 2008 ballot).  Closed Aurora School  Reduced department budgets  Eliminated four administrative positions, plus an administrative intern  Cut labor costs (excluding teachers) Building Tomorrow Together . . . 3
    • Levy Failure Aftermath  Failure of the November 2008 levy left us unable to collect $4.3 million in 2009 and beyond. Further cuts were made:  Did not replace employees who retired or resigned where possible  Reduced overtime  Eliminated class fieldtrips and student activity buses  Postponed purchase of new textbooks  Postponed purchase of new school buses Building Tomorrow Together . . . 4
    • Next Steps  The Board of Education has placed an operating levy on the May 5, 2009 ballot.  We’ve listened to voters . . .  We tightened our belts even more.  We lowered the millage to 4.9 mills.  To further reduce spending, we will now:  Eliminate 26 non-teaching positions  Eliminate 28-30 teaching positions  Eliminate busing for high school students. Building Tomorrow Together . . . 5
    • Proposed 2009-2010 Non-teaching Reductions  6 custodians  4 elementary librarians  12 paraprofessionals  3 secretaries  1 computer technician ___________________________________ 26 positions Building Tomorrow Together . . . 6
    • Proposed 2009-2010 Teaching Reductions Elementary  6-8 Elementary Teachers  Student activity advisors  Intramurals  Other activities Building Tomorrow Together . . . 7
    • Proposed 2009-2010 Teaching Reductions  Heskett Middle School  7 Teachers  English  Math  Foreign Language  Family/Consumer Science (2)  Industrial Technology  Librarian/Media Specialist  All athletics and extra-curricular activities Building Tomorrow Together . . . 8
    • Proposed 2009-2010 Teaching Reductions  Bedford High School ___________________________  Diversified Coop. Training 14.5 Teachers  Cooperative Business Education  English  Vocational Special Education  Math Coordinator (½)  Science  Cosmetology (½)  Social Studies  Career/Technical Education (2)  Foreign Language  Combine OWE/OWA  Physical Education  Reduce coaching/club advisors  Family/Consumer Science (2½) Building Tomorrow Together 9
    • Additional Reductions  Administrative Support  District Coordinators  Music  Art  Library/Media Centers Faculty Liaisons – Grades 7-12  Science Coordinators – Elementary  Content Advocates – Elementary  Faculty Managers – Grades 7-12   Extended contract days Building Tomorrow Together . . . 10
    • If The Levy Passes . . .  We will reinstate:  Some non-teaching positions, plus some teaching positions to reduce class size  Class fieldtrips  Middle School athletics and extra-curricular activities  Textbook purchases  Bus purchases  We will restore other areas not yet determined. Building Tomorrow Together . . . 11
    • If The Levy Fails . . .  All proposed cuts will go into effect August 2009. Building Tomorrow Together . . . 12
    • We’ve Made Excellent Progress  That progress is now in jeopardy.  It is critical for our communities that our schools remain strong.  We cannot do that without additional funding.  Quality schools mean quality communities. Building Tomorrow Together . . . 13
    • We Need To Hear From You Questions? Call the Levy Hotline: 440-786-3300 Building Tomorrow Together . . . 14