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Rieger, Sylvania Schools officials look for cuts in wake of levy defeat

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Sylvania Schools Superintendent Brad Rieger is studying possible budget cuts after voters rejected a 3.8-mill levy. Sylvania Schools Superintendent Brad Rieger is studying possible budget cuts after voters rejected a 3.8-mill levy.
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About a week after voters declined Sylvania School District’s request for another operating levy, Superintendent Brad Rieger told school board members that the administration will review where dollars can be saved.

“We will look at the cabinet level, working with Laura, to review our budget and stretch the money that we have,” Mr. Rieger said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, referring to the district's chief financial officer, Laura Sauber.

He did not specify where cuts might be made, saying only that the administration will review its five-year forecast.

Mr. Rieger said that, although he is “disappointed” with the levy defeat, he was thankful to hundreds of volunteers who helped the district try to get public support to pass the 3.8-mill tax request. The millage was defeated by more than 500 votes in the May 6 primary election.

The district projects a $1.4 million deficit in July, 2016. Sylvania’s levy would have collected an estimated $4.9 million per year in revenue for personnel, curriculum, and technology. It would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an estimated $133 each year.

Mr. Rieger said the administration is fielding comments from the community to better understand why voters rejected the ballot proposal.



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