The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) strongly encourages residents to vote for Brookfield Local School District's 4.85-mill operating levy on May 7. The levy will help ensure the district has the funds needed to maintain financial stability.
The economic downturn has been difficult for many Ohioans, but it's been challenging for schools as well. Brookfield and schools across the state have seen their funding cut and revenues decline during recent years, which has made it challenging to maintain the high-quality education you have come to expect. Under Gov. John Kasich's proposed budget, Brookfield would receive little additional state funding over the next two years.
It's been nearly two decades since Brookfield voters last approved an operating levy. The district has worked hard over the years to offer a high-quality education with limited resources; Brookfield spends less per student than the average Ohio school district. Brookfield has eliminated positions and pursued efficiencies, cutting $500,000 from its budget this school year alone.
The district is now at the point where there is little left to cut. Without additional funding, Brookfield may be forced to eliminate staff, services and programs. The levy, if approved by voters, will allow the district to restore programming that was cut previously and make necessary updates, including the purchase of new school buses and textbooks.
New funding from voters will allow Brookfield to focus on what it does best: helping students succeed. By voting for this levy, you are helping maintain educational excellence and ensure a bright future for children in your community. That's why on May 7, OSBA urges residents to vote FOR Brookfield's operating levy. It is a wise and much-needed investment in your schools and community.
Deputy Executive Director
Ohio School Boards