Sidney schools operating on bare bones

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – A renewal levy passage in May would ensure that the Sidney City School District would be able to maintain student programs, educational services, instruction and support at the current levels.

The 9.9 mill emergency property tax levy expires at the end of this school year.

The renewal levy would provide $4.5 million over five years, but drastic cuts have already been made.

Superintendent John Scheu says the district is in the black right now.

However, since 2008, the budget has been slashed by $6.6 million.

Scheu says teachers took the largest salary reduction and health benefit increase in the state.

“We’ve cut to the bare bones. Now, we’re building yourself back up, in terms of programs, in terms of staffing.  We’re living within our means.  We’ve brought things back.  We’ve improved our curriculum offerings but we do need the money to fill the gap,” Scheu explains.

The annual budget is currently $31 million.

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