Mt. Healthy failed levy means big cuts on the way

MT. HEALTHY, OH (FOX19) - On Tuesday, voters in the Mt. Healthy School District rejected the 7.65 mil levy 62 percent to 38 percent. It's the fourth consecutive failed levy for the district and will result in nearly $4 million in cuts.

"It is very disappointing because education for young people is very important and there are going to be a lot of devastating changes that are going to take place now," said Brenda Wallace, parent.

District officials say cuts for the next school year include laying off 26 teachers and other faculty, modified bus schedules for kindergarten through sixth graders, increased fees to play sports and reductions in art and music.

Many parents are concerned about the additional busing cuts.

"The children I see walking to and from school now is a concern because a lot of Mt. Healthy doesn't have sidewalks and children have to walk and that's dangerous to walk out by the cars," said Wallace.

The 7.65 mil levy rejected by voters would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $227 per year. Board members say money generated from school levys is necessary, and another levy could be on the ballot soon.

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