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Sylvania Schools outline 5-year forecast

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Sylvania schools are making some changes after a resounding no from voters during the May primary.

"We went with a low millage among and went early and felt it was the right thing for our district," Superintendent Dr. Brad Rieger said.

The 3.8 mill levy was defeated by some 500 votes.

Had it passed, it would have paid for different educational initiatives throughout the district.  For example, hiring back four guidance counselors, purchasing laptops, and implementing new programs for social studies and science classes.

Now, those options are off the table and school leaders are scaling back, but not by way of layoffs.

"We made some adjustments going forward," Rieger said.  "We slowed down our initiatives and we're finding ways to stretch our money as far as we can."

Tuesday, the board outlined its five year financial forecast.

This is something they do twice a year, but when a levy fails, it takes on a new meaning.

While the situation isn't dire, just yet, the treasurer says they'll eventually need some new money to avoid the red ink.

"June 30th 2016, we're anticipating we'll have a cash deficit at that point," Laura Sauber, district treasurer told 13abc.  "We need to continue to address that through spending reductions or raising revenue.  Those are our two options."

So what are the chances of seeing more millage in November?

"We're taking time and just analyzing the situation not making any quick decision," Dr. Rieger said.

Many board members spoke out against a November 2014 levy, though no official action was taken.
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