MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Board of Education took the first step toward placing a $2.5 million operating levy on the November ballot during Monday’s monthly meeting.
The money generated would go toward the general expenses for the district. New operating funds have not been requested by the district since 1996.
Treasurer Barb Donohue said the district received $811,000 less in state funding this last fiscal year, and anticipates that funding will not be restored in the next state budget. She said although all buildings and departments have reduced their budgets by 5 percent, the five-year financial forecast predicts a $3 million deficit in fiscal year 2013.
“We are no different than most districts throughout the state of Ohio in that a new levy is needed to provide our students a well-rounded education,” said Superintendent Steve Short. “However, Mount Vernon is an exception in that we have not requested new money from voters since 1996. We have been vigilant about making major reductions over the past two years. ... The district continues to search for ways to reduce expenses while meeting the needs of our students, community and staff.”