The school district is asking for a continuing 4.9 mill operating levy in order to replace revenue generated by the Commercial Activity Tax . The district stands to lose $3.5 million over the next four years in state funding cuts including $815,000 that was cut in 2012.
Voters in Rocky River defeated a 5.9 mill request from the district and now will be asked to approve a smaller levy in order to avoid steep cuts in staff and programming.
Before going to the ballot, teachers agreed to a salary freeze for the third year in a row and accepted health insurance concessions totaling $800,000 per year. The district also cut foreign language programs, suspended the purchase of musical instruments, and cut all departments by 10%.
If the levy does not pass in November, $1.6 million in cuts would need to be made. This means cutting teachers, administrators, secretaries, transportation and security are all possible. [Cleveland Plain Dealer. ]