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BG schools to add property tax levy on May ballot

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bowling Green Schools are asking the community to approve a continuing operational levy. The income tax levy placed on the November ballot failed and now officials are trying a property tax levy.

The Bowling Green superintendent says they have made major changes to the school district since 2008, but adds they still need this levy to be able to continue offering the best education to their students. This levy would help them to continue operating at the same level.

"We had 226 teachers. Today we have 197. That is a reduction of 29 teachers," said Ann McVey, superintendent.

The district has also gone from 10 principals to only seven by the next academic year. 

McVey says they have been making cost-saving measures for years, but the property levy that will be placed on the May ballot is crucial to the schools.

"We are trying to avoid eliminating programming and eliminating extracurricular activities. Those types of things that are so important really to the development of the whole child," explained McVey.

She says the district believes in offering educational experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The district currently offers more than 50 electives for high school students.

"We know that that prepares Bowling Green High School students very well to either enter the work force, career tech, maybe a two-year program, or a four-year college or university," said McVey.

The levy will cost the homeowner of a $150,000 home about $25 a month.

Bowling Green parent Amanda Johnson supports it.

"Just hope that we can all stick together and the money will go towards our children's future and education," said Johnson.

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