Bay school board announces levy

The Bay Village Board of Education has proposed a 7.2 mill levy for the public’s consideration on the Nov. 8 general election ballot that would generate $5,342,330 annually during the life of the levy.

Funds from the operating levy would be used to support programs to maintain the high level of programming Bay Village Schools offers its students. The district’s expenses have been higher than revenues for the past three years. Revenue shortfalls can be an indication of the need for additional revenue or budget cuts in order to balance the district’s budget. The last year the district had a levy on the ballot was in 2016.

The district spends nearly 74% of its funds directly on classroom instruction, placing it third (ahead of Orange, Chagrin Falls, Rocky River, Solon, Westlake and Beachwood) out of 22 Northeast Ohio area school districts. With a 97% graduation rate and more than 80% of students participating in athletics, activities and arts, the district is consistently among the top 1% of Ohio’s 924 public school districts, according to Public School Review. Funds from the operating levy would be used to support continuation of district programs and to continue to support classroom instruction.

In April, Bay Village Schools received the Auditor of the State Award for its clean audit reports for fiscal year 2021. The district was one of 104 districts in Ohio to receive this distinction.

The cost to homeowners would be $21 per month, or $252 annually, for each $100,000 of home valuation.

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Volume 14, Issue 16, Posted 9:55 AM, 08.16.2022