By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Brooklyn Board of Education passed the second corresponding resolution to formally send a 6.9 mill operating levy to the electorate on November 6, 2018. The operating levy will be continuous in nature, generating approximately $2,096,895 million each year for operating costs in perpetuity, and will likely be used for day-to-day expenses of the District, including classroom technology and equipment, plumbing, electrical and infrastructure needs, textbooks, personnel costs and other educational resources. The need for the operating levy comes as a direct result of the funding slashes that the District has experienced from the State of Ohio, particularly from the Tangible Personal Property Tax Reimbursement and State Foundation Funding cuts. In total, the Brooklyn City Schools stands to lose more than $2.3 million over a ten-year period of time.
“The Brooklyn City Schools has experienced a significant reduction in funds from the State of Ohio over the last several years, through the TPPT Reimbursement phase-out and reduction in State Foundation funding, causing the District to engage in a variety of internal cost-cutting measures,” said Brooklyn City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Gleichauf. “The state funding cuts are slated to continue, and in order to ensure the quality of education, we must ask our community for continued support.”
The District intends to engage in a robust, community-based campaign effort over the next several months. For more information, please contact the Brooklyn City Schools at 216-485-8112.