UPDATE: CPS Board decides on a levy for November's ballot

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Public School District has chosen a levy that voters will decide on in November.

The school board has decided on a Permanent Improvement levy of 7.95 mil that would generate $49.5 million for the district over the next five years.

"We have delayed this step as long as possible, because we are acutely aware of these difficult financial times," said Board President Eve Bolton. "But, after cutting staff positions, freezing base salary increases for three years, reducing benefits and stretching our resources as far as possible, we cannot defer a levy request any longer without seriously jeopardizing student learning."

The permanent levy is restricted to items like textbooks, technology, equipment and other items. The  funding generated from this levy cannot be used for personnel costs.

"CPS students' test scores are up across the board according to preliminary Ohio Report Card results, but we know that is not good enough for our district and our community," said Superintendent Mary Ronan. "New, more rigorous national academic standards are on the horizon that are heavily dependent on technology. It's critical that we prepare our future workforce to meet these higher standards so that our businesses and region can be competitive in the global economy."

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $243 more dollars a year if the levy passes. If the levy fails, CPS would face massive layoffs, according to Superintendent Mary Ronan.

There were four options for the board to consider.

The levy request must be certified by August 10 in order to get on the November ballot.

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