Clyde-GS defeats levy again

CLYDE – Voters rejected a five-year, 5.25-mill additional tax levy for the Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District Tuesday.

This was the fifth attempt for the district to pass a levy, Interim Superintendent Laura Kagy said.

Voters rejected the levy 856-1,376.

The levy was proposed for emergency requirements for the district, including general operating expenses and possible restoration of some cuts by the district.

The levy would have generated $1.11 million annually. The cost to the owner of a $100,000 home would have been $160.78 annually.

Kagy said the district already has made significant cuts, such as eliminating busing, cutting hours for teachers and staff, eliminating administrators, cutting program including all foreign languages at the middle school and increasing class sizes.

“This will be a dramatic impact on the students,” Kagy said. “There will be no alternatives for funding. We will have to make it up through reductions.”

“Everything is on the table,” she said.

The district is one of many that will not see additional funding from the state for two years under Gov. John Kasich’s school funding plan.

As for putting the issue on the ballot again, Kagy said that is up to the board.

“We are disappointed,” she said. “There will be some tough decisions that will have to be made.

“The last couple years have been tough and to continue to add to that dynamic it is hard to operate our schools.”