EATON TWP. — Midview Schools leaders on Wednesday challenged residents to support a levy to prevent substantial layoffs and program cuts to eliminate a $2.3 million deficit.
“There just isn’t any excuse for a community not to support its education,” Board of Education President Dave Zunis told about 300 people at Midview High School’s gymnasium. “It’s time for this community to step forward.”
Voters, who haven’t approved a new levy since 1993, are being asked to pass a 10-year, 9.75-mill property tax levy Feb. 5. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $298 annually.
Board members unanimously approved eliminating 53 positions — 20 teachers, 30 non-teaching positions and three administrators — if the levy fails. The district, which has a $28.5 million annual general fund budget, has about 340 employees, including about 250 teachers.
Failure will also mean the district will go to minimum standards. Kindergarten through fourth grades will be reduced to five hours per day and fifth through 12th grades would go to 5 1/2 hours daily. Athletics would be eliminated, as would junior ROTC in the high school as well as most art, foreign language and music programs.