Dear Chardon Schools Stakeholder:
We are obviously disappointed that Issue 26 was not approved by our voters. Our volunteers worked tirelessly to communicate the key message that his levy was critical in order to bridge the gap created by the actions of the Ohio Legislature to eliminate over one million dollars annually from the district’s operating revenue. Despite these efforts, we were not effective in communicating the debilitating impact of these reductions on the overall operating revenue of the school district.
On behalf of our Board of Education, I wish to extend appreciation to the Citizens for Chardon Schools and our supporters for their continued commitment to our school district.
The school district will immediately begin the very difficult process of identifying specific budget reductions that will be implemented in the 2018-19 school year. As we address this significant reduction in revenue, the cutbacks will certainly affect a variety of areas within the district’s operating budget including personnel, programming, and services in the district. Our objective is always to implement reductions in a manner that has the least impact on the classroom and the quality of instruction that students receive in the Chardon Local Schools. Unfortunately, the amount of budget cuts necessary to overcome the loss in revenue from Columbus is significant and is likely to impact all areas of our district operations. In the coming months, we will work to keep you informed of the specific budget reductions and how they will impact our eductional program.
Our Board of Education will meet on November 20, 2017, to determine next steps in relation to this election result. No decision has been made at this time to place another operating levy on the ballot.
Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D., Superintendent