Forest Hills rallies around the school levy - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Forest Hills rallies around the school levy

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

With a pep rally-type atmosphere, the Forest Hills School District kicked off its campaign to push a $3.9 million levy on the March 6 ballot.

Due to a 30 percent reduction in state funding, the district says it needs about $5 million to keep staffing levels where they are. It also needs the money to offset the rising cost of utilities, insurance and diesel fuel.

Since 2009, the district says it has cut $6.6 million in expenses every year.

"We would have to cut about 150 positions, including teachers if this levy does not pass," said Jim Yunker with Citizens for Forest Hills Schools.

The levy asks the owner of a $100,000 home to pay an additional $119 a year in taxes. If the proposal fails, the school district will have to trim its budget by nearly $6.5 million. 

"Even with the passage of the levy, the district is still going to have about 1.2 to 1.5 million in cuts," said Yunker.

If that happens, no teachers would lose their jobs in the district's nine schools, which include Turpin and Anderson High.

On the flip side of the issue are those who say they have no real reason to vote in favor of the levy.

"Probably for the simple fact that I no longer have children in school. So I'm sure thinking of other younger kids I probably should but for myself, probably not," said Greg Trigg.

Kids in school or not, supporters say a strong school district benefits everyone.

"Its all about property values and if this school in this community which is known for its value of our schools deteriorates, the value of homes will deteriorate and then people are not going to be able to sell their homes for the prices that they expect," said Yunker.

Copyright 2012 FOX19. All Rights Reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

    NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 22:51:57 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 1:26 AM EDT2018-05-21 05:26:22 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). Flags fly at half staff in front of the justice center at Santa Fe, Texas on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first worship servic...(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). Flags fly at half staff in front of the justice center at Santa Fe, Texas on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first worship servic...
    The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin.Full Story >
    The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin.Full Story >
  • Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:22:02 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 1:24 AM EDT2018-05-21 05:24:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once...Full Story >
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.Full Story >
  • School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:51:24 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 1:24 AM EDT2018-05-21 05:24:01 GMT
    (AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...(AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".Full Story >
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".Full Story >
Powered by Frankly