The Field Board of Education voted Monday to place a three-year, 5-mill operating levy on the May ballot.
The board chose the 5-mill levy over two other millage options it was considering -- a 5-mill operating levy coupled with 1.5 mills for permanent improvements or a 6.5-mill operating levy -- with the hope that voters would find the lowest millage possibility to be the most palatable.
The three-year, 5-mill option is estimated to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $157.50 annually.
Field Treasurer James Vokac said if the levy passes, the district will reinstitute busing and programs such as art, music and physical education, but will still be looking at an additional $450,000 in cuts.
If the levy fails, Vokac said the district is facing another $900,000 in cuts in order to balance the budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
Superintendent Beth Coleman said she wants to see the district focus on cuts that will not affect students' education.
Of the options on a financial sheet listing about $2 million in cost saving measures to consider, Coleman recommended changes that included mostly staff replacements and rearrangements, but also a reduction of supplies and materials.
The list of potential cuts also included elimination of all sports, which board president Terry Kettering said was off the table, because too many students would leave the district, taking state dollars with them.
"We would lose money by cutting sports," Kettering said. "Cutting sports is going to hurt us."
No vote was made Monday on what additional cuts will be made with the passage of the 5-mill levy.
The board also discussed drafting a resolution detailing exactly how the revenue of a successful levy will be spent, as it did with the previous levy attempt in November, and said the resolution should be ready by its next meeting.
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