WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – West Carrollton Schools will be getting more money from the community after its latest levy passed in November.
Before the big vote, we told you parents were concerned after busing was cut and even eliminated for some West Carrollton students this year. These parents told us they were mad that busing was cut before the public even voted on the November levy. Many felt they were being strong armed to vote “yes” in exchange for their child’s safety getting to and from school.
“Quite frankly in the budget as it exists today, there is more than enough money to provide busing for all these children. They don’t need to use these tactics in order to threaten or bully people,” said Former School Board Member, Mark Landers.
Superintendent Rusty Clifford denied the allegations saying the cuts were necessary and that more were coming if the November levy didn’t pass.
With 55% of the vote, that levy did pass and will bring in an extra $2 million a year and those earlier cuts will all be reversed.
“We don’t have to have the conversation about cutting 20-25 teachers prior to the 17′-18′ school year. It also means we won’t be back on the ballot in May and busing comes back on Wednesday, January 4th,” said Dr. Clifford.
All busing, except for Preschool will be back up and running in January. Parents are urged to keep an eye on their mailboxes as the school will be sending out an updated busing schedule before the first of the year.
Superintendent Rusty Clifford said they will continue using the tax funds wisely and conservatively. He says the biggest thing this new levy will do is help keep teachers employed.
“Having them there and providing them with the professional development and support and resources they need to do a great job everyday with kids is critical,” said Clifford.
We asked when West Carrollton would have to vote again on a levy. Clifford said this most recent one has guaranteed they won’t be back on the ballot for another 3-5 years.