Board Approves Reduction List Should November Levy Fail

The Hilliard City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a reductions list should the district’s 4.5 mill operating levy combined with a $50 million dollar bond issue not be approved by voters on November 8. These reductions include eliminating 60 teaching and administrative positions.

“With 1,000 new students expected over the next five years, funding from the November 8 levy is critical if we want to maintain the excellent work happening in our schools,” stated Board President Heather Keck. “Without additional funds, we will have no choice but to cut valuable teachers and programs that are important to our success.”

Hilliard City Schools was able to stretch the time between levies through tight fiscal controls and by finding ways to do business better, such as, changes in health insurance that have brought over $3 million in savings for Hilliard.

“These kind of practices are helping us to stretch taxpayer dollars, stretch the levy cycle, and we have waited as long as we can to ask the voters for additional revenue,” said Treasurer Brian Wilson. “Now, we are at a point where in order to maintain current staff and services, additional funding is needed.”

“At Hilliard City Schools we value our partnership with our community and we want to be as transparent as possible about what’s at stake this November,” continued Wilson. “That’s why the Board of Education passed a resolution last night detailing what reductions will happen if the levy should fail.”

The school district has announced it will be hosting informational forums for community members this fall. The events are designed to provide factual information about the upcoming November 8 ballot issue and district’s finances. The goal is to reach every attendance area within the school community.

“Through our community meetings, we will continue to engage our community and share our story of educational success at a good value to ensure every student is ready for tomorrow,” added Superintendent John Marschhausen.

Here is the Board Approved Reduction List

Assistant Sixth Grade Principal (1.0)

Assistant High School Principal (1.0)

Music Coordinator (.5)

Special Projects Administrator (1.0)

Special Projects Administrator (1.0)

Gifted Coordinator (1.0)

Central Office Administrators (2.0)

Certified Position Eliminations (48) – Elementary (K-5) (14); Sixth Grade Teachers (2); Middle School Teachers (6); High School Teachers 9-12 (22); Instrumental Music Teachers (3); ELL TOSA (1)

Classified Position Eliminations (6)

Secretary (1)

Print Shop Operator (1)

Hall Monitors (3)

Science Resource (1)

Miscellaneous Reductions – Eliminate POD Days; Reduce C Stipends (95); Eliminate Summer School;
No New Hires 2017, 2018, 2019; MS Soccer;
MS B Teams;
MS Tennis;
MS Golf;
MS Gymnastics

For more information on the community meetings click here.