Cuts discussed during Edison Local school board meeting

HAMMONDSVILLE – Upcoming cuts related to the recent failure of a levy proposal were discussed during Tuesday’s Edison Local school board meeting.

Those attending the meeting were told of the district’s plans to move forward after voters once again turned down a 9.45-mill operating levy during a special election on Feb. 5. It was the third time district voters had turned down the levy proposal.

Superintendent Bill Beattie and the board discussed upcoming cuts coming to the district.

“The discussion by the board includes a revised recovery plan,” said Beattie. “(The recovery plan) still is going to include the closing of Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and we’re still going to eliminate busing (for students in grades ninth through 12th).”

The board also discussed additional cuts that may be made. Some parents of pupils and students attended Tuesday’s meeting and asked questions about the cuts and if there was any other alternative. Beattie said the district has no choice but to make some cuts.

“The bottom line is that voters have spoken loud and clear they aren’t going to pass a levy,” said Beattie. “We have some very difficult decisions ahead of us.”

The superintendent also said the district is trying to make cuts that wouldn’t affect the district’s academic performance standards.

“I want to assure parents of (students and pupils) of Edison Local School District the quality of education we offer will be minimally affected,” said the superintendent.

Beattie also said if there was a district levy proposal on November’s ballot it would be “significantly different” in terms of millage and duration from the last three levy proposals put before voters.

District officials were hoping some additional revenue from the state would be forthcoming under state Gov. John Kasich’s recent school funding changes. However, the district received no additional funding under the governor’s plan.