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Revere school levy helps save 44 jobs

By John Published: May 19, 2011

By Jody Miller
Special to the Beacon Journal

BATH TWP.: The Revere school board has voted to recall 44 employees — 35 teachers and nine classified staff members.

Crediting the voter approval of a new levy on May 3, Superintendent Randy Boroff said there will still be some savings needed through staff reductions, but that can now be achieved through attrition.

Board President Bill Hoover said everyone from campaign workers to volunteers to students to teachers to parents should be thanked for their work on passing the levy.

Hoover said that elimination of layoffs will ''allow us to maintain the good we are doing here.''

The recall of two other classified administrative staff members, including the transportation and food services supervisors, has been tabled by the school board for further discussion.

Both employees were part of the earlier reduction in force and their full-time positions were eliminated and reduced to part time.

The school board also has voted to revise its state-mandated five-year financial forecast.

Treasurer David Forrest updated the earlier forecast to reflect passage of the 4.83-mill emergency operating levy and the reinstatement of staff members that were part of the district's reduction in force. The levy will raise $4.76 million annually.

''This is a stable forecast that will carry the district for four years,'' Forrest said, adding that the district goal would be to maintain the longest revenue cycle possible. ''This is issued as of May 17, and it is fluid, changeable and modifiable and will need a lot of discussion as the district moves forward.''

Much of that discussion will deal with cost-containment initiatives and long-range fiscal planning.

Forrest cautioned that the assumptions in the forecast depend on pending legislative issues in Columbus, including what happens with Senate Bill 5, the collective bargaining bill, and the final numbers in the yet-to-be-approved state budget and even changes in the voucher program.

The potential impact on the district, Forrest said, could range from a $1 million to $4 million annual drop in state support.

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