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Schools districts serves pancakes to push levy

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BROOKFIELD, Ohio - The levy committee cooks up a way for residents to hear their case to approve a levy on the May 7th ballot.

A pancake breakfast by the Warrior for Excellence Levy Committee was held to let residents know why many parents and the Brookfield School District want property owners to support this levy.

The district made cuts of teachers totaling $500,000, but many say those cuts have been short-changing students since classes had to be cancelled.

"My daughter, she had two different classes scheduled this year and they had to cut both of those, so she ended up with three study halls," says Donna Miglesz.

Chris Swanson, treasurer of Warrior for Excellence, says by comparison the school district is lacking.

"When you look at communities around us, they offer so many more classes, and we're reducing classes, and our kids have to compete against them. When they go to trade schools, when they go to college, we're putting them at a disadvantage," Swanson says. 

These students hope voters agree to the levy so other students will have less disadvantages.

"I don't see how kids in the future are going to graduate. Study halls aren't credits," says Brookfield senior Kennedy Higgins.

Superintendent Tim Saxon, who was cooking in the kitchen, says the district has been watching it's budget but keeps having money taken away.

He also says that the district has lost close to $1 million in state funding and tangible property tax in the last seven years. Saxon says the 4.85 mill operating levy is needed.

The district has not passed a property tax or millage in 20 years.

"We understand this is probably the worst time to ask for that money. We have no choice; we can't hold a bake sale or pancake breakfast to cover the projected deficit, so we have to ask the voters for additional help," Saxton says.

The levy would cost about $12.38 per month for an owner whose home is valued at $100,000.

Without the levy the district will be in fiscal emergency and must go to the state fund for a loan.

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