The Huber Heights school board will complete the implementation of more than $6 million in cuts by reducing 8.5 positions at tonight’s meeting.
The reductions will save Huber Heights City Schools $341,000 next year with the elimination of four bus drivers and 4.5 custodians, but most of those positions would be recalled if an August levy passes, Superintendent Sue Gunnell said.
“It’s been an awful long process when you consider the reductions we’ve made,” Gunnell said. “The good news is with the retirements we’ve had come through, we’ll be able to recall some positions. That’s positive.”
Tonight’s reductions are the final piece of $6.4 million in cuts that were approved in January, which included the elimination of 108.5 total positions and an increase in pay-to-participate fees.
Treasurer Ann Bernardo said the $6.4 million in reductions will help keep the district out of fiscal caution.
“It will get us through a couple of years,” she said.
A total of 24 teachers and three administrators have resigned or retired, and the district is in the process of bringing back some teachers who were originally eliminated. A total of 226 positions have been reduced in the last three years.
In April, the school board voted to place a 5.95-mill operating levy on the Aug. 6 ballot. If the levy is approved by voters, it would generate nearly $4 million annually and cost an owner of a $100,000 home an additional $15.18 a month.
If the levy passes, 2.5 elementary custodian positions and four bus drivers would be restored, Gunnell said. Elementary busing would remain for students who live more than a mile from their school. If the levy fails, the radius would increase to 1.5 miles.
Huber Heights last passed an operating levy in 2005. Voters have defeated three straight requests for new operating funds — the most recent an 8-mill levy in November.
Earlier this month, the school board approved two-year contracts with the Huber Heights Education Association (certified and classified staff) and the Dayton Public Service Union. The district will save more than $1.8 million during the next two years because the entire staff will take concessions in pay and health insurance.
School officials continue to discuss restoring $1.6 million in instructional programs next year if additional revenue is collected. Those programs, if restored, would affect all grade levels, school officials have said.
How to Go
What: Huber Heights school board meeting
When: 6 p.m. today
Where: Studebaker Board Room, 5954 Longford Road