BHM Operating Levy Election–Tuesday, November 5, 2019
On November 5, 2019 the district is asking residents to vote on an operating levy referendum that will increase funding by $750 per student (this is NOT the tax impact amount for residents--See the chart below). Funds from an operating levy go to pay for salaries, supplies and other operating expenses.
In November 2018, the school district failed to pass a levy that would help provide funds to operate the district. As a result, the district made about $1.3 in budget reductions for the 2019-20 school year. The district asked residents to participate in a district-wide survey for feedback. The results of that survey were shared with the school board in June. Based on the recommendations from the independent survey company and the BHM Director of Finance and Operations, the school board decided to ask residents for a $750 per student operating levy election this November. Below are documents that will provide more details regarding the district's financial situation.
If the Operating Levy Referendum is Approved
The high-quality programs and services already provided by BHM Schools will be maintained; no additional reductions will be necessary. However, this will not restore any of the reductions made for the 2019-20 school year.
If the Operating Levy Referendum Fails
The school board has already determined a list of reductions, totaling $2.9 million, that will need to be made to help balance the budget. Some of the reductions include:
- Cut 22 teachers and 12 other staff
- Close Phoenix Learning Center
- Close Discovery Elementary
- Cut Quest (gifted program)
- Cut the wRight Choice program (alternative for out-of-school suspension)
- Cut 6 activities at Buffalo High School
- Cut ALL middle school activities
- Cut 3 regular bus routes (longer ride times and longer walking distances)
See a more complete list below.