Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 Written by Ian Fogle, Bellefontaine
As the November elections come around, local schools are again reaching out to citizens to assist with financial aid. Indian Lake is one school that has proposed a levy for this upcoming ballot. I have been researching the current issues on the ballot for my AP Government class.
In 2012, Indian Lake purposed a new levy that would generate 7.35-mills over the next 10 years, however, it failed. Since 2009, Indian Lake has had to reduce, “17 general education teachers, four reading specialist teachers, two intervention specialist teachers, five educational assistants, two custodians, and 64 supplemental contracts, (just to name a few),” says Superintendent O’Donnell. Indian Lake has endured a “loss of state revenue” of $1,158,000 since 2010.” The levy is said to cost $56 a year for properties valued at $100,000. Superintendent O’Donnell says the money collected from the levy is needed for, “all operations of the school system.” When asked about the recent scores on the school’s grade card and the correlation to this levy Mr. O’Donnell replied, “as funding continues to decrease then the board has to decrease expenditures by cutting staff. Then, test scores will suffer.”