School officials in the Switzerland of Ohio School District are asking voters to say yes to an emergency operating levy on election day.
It's a 7.72-mill levy that they say would yield $3 million a year for five years.
The last three levies have failed, and they say they are down to bare bones education--no music, art, physical education, home economics, industrial arts or talented and gifted classes.
They say the parents of 183 students have already taken them out of the district because it doesn't offer a well-rounded education.
"In order to improve student achievement, we need to hire teachers," said John Hall, Switzerland of Ohio School Superintendent. "Right now we have massive cuts that occurred prior to me entering the district."
"We know that there are oil and gas opportunities for us five or six years down the road," notes Treasurer Lance Erlwein. "What we don't know is how much or when that revenue will be put onto our tax rolls, and so the five-year levy was designed to bridge that gap and at the end of the five years, the taxpayers and the board can re-evaluate our situation."
They say their school district is unique, with nine schools, 542 square miles, encompassing three counties and with 2300 students.
The district has three high schools--Monroe Central, Beallsville and River.
They say they haven't had an operating levy since 1995.