Field Board of Education to put levy on the ballot Monday

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

The Field Board of Education is expected to vote Monday to put a levy on the May ballot.

The district, which covers Brimfield and Suffield, is expected to approve a resolution of necessity, a step necessary to seek a levy. It's still not clear how many mills or what type of levy the district will seek.

In November, voters turned down a 5.0-mill, three-year levy. It was the fourth levy failure for the district, which has cut $1.5 million from its budget over the previous two years.

The board learned at a work session this week that another $900,000 in cuts will be needed to balance the district's budget for 2014.

The board discussed a number of options, including cutting sports, extra curricular programs such as Student Council and National Honor Society, cutting all-day kindergarten and not replacing retiring staff members.

Other options included halting staff raises and step increases, which would require union approval.

Superintendent Beth Coleman said she and two board members will meet today with the area coordinator for the Ohio Department of Education.

"We're going to ask some questions before we proceed," Coleman said. She said the district wants to know if the state would immediately cut all-day kindergarten or sports if it takes control of the district.

She said the district is in the process of writing a recovery plan, a necessary step when it looks like a district won't balance its budget.

"When it looks like you're going to be in the red, you have 60 days to tell the state how you're going to balance your budget," she said. This will be the third recovery plan Coleman has written in her time as Field superintendent.

She said the district is hoping to avoid fiscal caution, fiscal watch or fiscal emergency.

"We're hoping that won't happen at all by passing this levy," she said.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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  • Well here we go again another school wanting more money. Where is Senate bill 5 when you need it? You could build a pipe line from the mint to the schools and it still would not be enough. I believe we rank far down the line compared to other countries and yet we spend more money per pupil than they do.