BEACHWOOD CITY SCHOOLS     216.464.2600

Elementary Consolidation

ELEMENTARY CONSOLIDATION
Bryden and Hilltop Elementary Schools are 62-years-old. Facing the uncertainties of massive building renovations, Beachwood City Schools instead plans to consolidate its elementary program, Pre-K through Grade 5, onto the Fairmount School site. Consolidation offers significant educational, operational and financial advantages for the entire Beachwood community. Please use the resources on this webpage to learn more about our plans to invest in the FUTURE of elementary education.
 
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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UNDERSTANDING THE BEACHWOOD SCHOOLS LEVY REQUEST
COMBINED OPERATING AND BOND LEVY
On May 8, Beachwood voters will vote on Issue 2, a combined operating and bond levy to support Beachwood Schools. The bond levy will support construction of the consolidated elementary building. The operating levy will help pay the ongoing costs of running our school system. Beachwood's last operating levy passed in 2005. Despite 13 years of strong fiscal stewardship, it was inevitable that the operating costs of our district would begin to exceed our revenues. Continuing cuts in state funding to Beachwood as well as laws that require the district to increase its support for students who attend non-public schools have impacted this funding cycle. For more information about Beachwood's levy cycle, please see the link below.
WHY A JOINT OPERATING AND BOND LEVY?
An operating levy is needed because our operating budget has been stretched for 13 years.  Beachwood City Schools faces $3.5M in annual losses due to Ohio legislative actions over the next several years. The district must pass an operating levy now to make up for these losses.  More than half the new operating money we seek will simply make up for what is being taken away from our community.

A bond levy is needed because our inefficient and deteriorating 60-year old elementary buildings, while SAFE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF, are a continuous drain on our taxpayers’ dollars. Building new will optimize our tax dollars and will save the district half a million dollars each year in operational expenses.
 
COST TO HOMEOWNERS
The combined 8.7 mill levy will cost the homeowner of a $250,000 home, $63 per month ($756 annually). School taxes are only a portion of a property owner's tax burden. The 8.7 new mills represent a 13% tax increase to a homeowner and an 11% increase to a commercial property owner. 
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PUBLIC QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS