(Dover, Ohio) – Next week voters in the Dover City School District will be asked to approve a 5-year 8.5 mill additional emergency operating levy.
Dover City Schools Superintendent, Carla Birney explained that this is the first request for an operating levy since 2008. “Dover schools are asking for this additional operating levy to protect and preserve our programs for our students,” she said. “The District works to maintain financial efficiency in all areas, however; with a $3.m million loss of the Tangible Personal Property tax and the State of Ohio not sending Dover $3.1 million in funding that we should receive, the District must ask voters for additional money to maintain District programs at their current level.”
Should voters approve the levy, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $27.00 per month and would generate $3,357,000 annually for the district. Superintendent Birney noted how those funds would be spent:
- Preserve the quality of our schools and the many programs and opportunities that prepare our students for college and careers.
- Ensure that classrooms have the most up-to-date technology, such as the types they will be expected to use in college or the workforce.
- Allocate resources for safety and security purposes, including mental health experts to provide counseling and identify students who are at risk of violence.
- Sustain quality academic, extracurricular, athletic, music, and fine arts opportunities that provide a well-rounded education for students.
- Enable the district to maintain current class sizes.
Birney added that should the levy fail, the District would be forced to make the following changes in order to “live within their means.”
- Reconfiguring our elementary schools to grade-level schools
- Allows us to reduce 7-10 teaching positions
- As a result, class sizes will increase to an average of 25 in grades K-3, and 30 in grades 4-5
- “Grade-Level” Schools means our three elementary schools will be configured as follows:
- PreSchool-Grade 1
- Grades 2-3
- Grades 4-5
- Implement “Pay-to-Participate” for MS and HS Athletics, Clubs, and Activities and eliminate Senior Citizen passes
The District has created a website that features the following video and additional information regarding Issue 3 that will be on the November 6th ballot.