EUCLID, Ohio (WOIO) - The Euclid City Schools Board of Education voted Monday to place an emergency levy on the March 17 ballot.
The board, now led by superintendent Christopher Papouras, will seek an 8.7-mill, 10-year property tax levy that would raise $5.6 million a year.
Papouras, a 1986 Euclid High School graduate, has served as interim superintendent since August.
“The need for additional funds for the operation of the district is a result of many factors that have contributed to us once again asking the voters of Euclid to support Euclid Schools,” Euclid City Schools Board of Education President Donna Sudar said.
The failure of the November 2018 renewal levy and the November 2019 emergency levy has “significantly contributed to the financial difficulties of the district,” Sudar said.
The state’s expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship Program has resulted in an additional loss of $1.3 million in district funding from the state. EdChoice allows students from designated public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools.
State funding to the district has been capped.
“To avoid an operating deficit in 2022, the district must seek additional funding in conjunction with controlling our expenditures through budgetary reductions,” Sudar said.