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Monroe Schools asks taxpayers to approve levy

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MONROE, OH (FOX19) -

The Monroe Local School District will ask taxpayers to approve a 7.05-mill operating levy in order to get the district out of fiscal emergency.

Voters rejected a levy in August shortly after the district's superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli stepped down. A new interim superintendent took on his new role two weeks ago and now it's his responsibility to get a very important levy passed in November.

"Why would you want to take this job?" asked FOX19's Cory Stark.

"After meeting with the Board of Education and the current treasurer, I became convinced that all of them were focused on doing what was right. They did not have individual agendas and they truly wanted to do whatever they could do to get the district out of fiscal emergency," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Phil Cagwin.

The Monroe Local School District is currently borrowing $2.2 million dollars from the state and must pay it back. Past levies to pay for operational costs have failed leading to deep cuts within the district.

"We have larger class sizes and small classrooms without the educational support people that were there at one point in time," he said. Dr. Cagwin who spent 10 years as superintendent at the Talawanda School District says district officials and other staff members are meeting with the community daily, driving home the importance of passing a levy.

"I'm afraid we can't cut staff positions much deeper than we already have so we'll have to look at other things like all extracurricular activities going away.

If passed, the five-year emergency operating levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home around $215 per year and would generate about $2.5 million for the district per year over the next five years.

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