West Branch superintendent urges for approval of new levy

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BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – The man in charge of the West Branch Schools plans to continue trying to reach out to people in the district, encouraging them to approve a new levy.

Superintendent Tim Saxton held another coffee talk session Monday morning, but there were only three people in the room, including Saxton.

He has been working to find ways to offset more than a decade of deficit spending in the district, where a new operational levy has not been passed since 1993.  

He said while he and the school board are trying to cut costs where they can, some issues are out of local control.

“One of the things that we’ve seen over several years is the unfunded mandates that come out of the state, that ask us to change things or mandate that we put certain things in place,” Saxton said.

Saxton said the district offering college-level courses would be free-of-charge for students, but it costs his district $300,000 per year. 

The district has a half-percent earned income tax levy on mext month’s ballot. If passed, it would bring another $900,000 into the system. 

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