Bedford City Schools
Facts about the
4.9-mill Operating Levy
On the May 5, 2009 ballot
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.
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Initial Budget Cuts and
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
Cut labor costs (excluding teachers)
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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
Eliminated class fieldtrips and student activity buses
Postponed purchase of new textbooks
Postponed purchase of new school buses
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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.
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6-8 Elementary Teachers
Student activity advisors
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Heskett Middle School
Family/Consumer Science (2)
All athletics and extra-curricular activities
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Bedford High School ___________________________
Diversified Coop. Training
Cooperative Business Education
Vocational Special Education
Career/Technical Education (2)
Reduce coaching/club advisors
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Faculty Liaisons – Grades 7-12
Science Coordinators – Elementary
Content Advocates – Elementary
Faculty Managers – Grades 7-12
Extended contract days
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If The Levy Passes . . .
We will reinstate:
positions, plus some teaching
positions to reduce class size
Middle School athletics and
We will restore other areas not yet determined.
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If The Levy Fails . . .
All proposed cuts will go into effect August 2009.
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That progress is now in jeopardy.
It is critical for our communities that our
schools remain strong.
We cannot do that without additional
Quality schools mean quality
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We Need To Hear From You
Call the Levy Hotline:
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