Lebanon school board could vote tonight on new levy

Published: Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 3:37 PM


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The Lebanon Board of Education is expected to vote tonight to take the first step toward again asking district voters for $5 million in new tax.

On May 7, 56 percent of voters rejected a 4-year, 4.99-mill levy expected to raise $5 million a year for operating expenses.

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At 5:30 p.m. today, the school board is to meet to vote on the first of two resolutions required to put virtually the same levy on November ballots.

On May 21, the board announced plans for $1 million in budget cuts, effective in the next school year.

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Superintendent Todd Yohey and Treasurer Eric Sotzing outlined cuts including elimination of four teaching positions through attrition, 10 special education aides, at least six through attrition, a reduction in curriculum purchases and a reduction in technology purchases.

No board action is required for the cuts.

“What would require board action would be reduction in force,” Yohey said Monday.

A reduction in force would be needed unless all 10 special ed aides resign or find other jobs over the summer, Yohey said.

Yohey said additional cuts will be finalized over the summer and announced in August or September.

A second round of cuts are to happen in January 2020 and the third round in the 2020-2021 school year.

A levy passed in November would take effect in early 2020, generating new revenue for the schools and tax payments for residents. A levy passed at any time in 2020 would not generate new school revenue until early 2021.

The board meets at board offices, 700 Holbrook Ave. in Lebanon.