Meetings set to discuss Bellbrook levy

BELLBROOK — Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools will be offering opportunities for community members to learn more and to ask questions about the 5.7 mill levy on the March 17 ballot.

Coffee with Superintendent Dr. Douglas Cozad will be on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Bellhop Cafe at 7:15 and 9:15 a.m. and Friday, Jan. 31 at Winans on Feedwire Road at 7:15 and 9:15 a.m. There will also be two community meetings on Monday, Feb. 3 and 17. Both will be at Bellbrook Middle School starting at 6 p.m. Greene County Auditor David Graham will be speaking on Feb 3.

The passage of this operating levy will help fund the district’s day-to-day operations, such as staffing, utilities, transportation and supplies.

Following the failure of the May 2019 ballot issue, the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School District Board of Education and district leadership team began identifying additional cuts and reductions that the district would have to make. Staff reductions in summer 2018 before the May 2019 ballot issue and Phase I and II after the failure of the ballot issue have totaled more than $2.3 million and include the reduction of 20 staff positions, half of which were teaching positions.

If passed, the levy will raise a little more than $3.3 million annually and would cost taxpayers approximately $16.60 per month per $100,000 home market value.

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