South Range to seek 10-year operating levy in November

BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The South Range Local school board will be asking the public for operating funds in November.

The board Wednesday morning passed a resolution of necessity for a 10-year operating levy that will generate $857,500 annually if approved. The millage must be certified by the county auditor.

According to schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham, the district is projected in deficit spending by the end of fiscal year 2014.

“We looked at what could get us…if we start collecting in January, we’ll see three years in the black,” Dunham explained. “[The $857,500] give us the numbers (for a levy) that hopefully taxpayers will support.”

The district has not passed a new money levy since 2004. Currently the district has three operating levies on the books.

This new levy is just one part of an overall plan to reduce the deficit, Dunham said, including drastic measures for the district such as introducing open enrollment and adjusting school hours to coincide with single-route busing.

“It’s just one more step to becoming solvent for a number of years down the road,” Dunham said.