That forced Boone Township Superintendent George Letz to cut costs by, in part, eliminating six teachers - four teachers at the high school, one at middle school and another at the elementary level.
The reduction at the elementary level caused some classes to have more than 30 students in a class, and even larger classes at the high school.
Sections of various subject areas at the high school were reduced, including business, English, social studies, health/physical education and family and consumer science classes.
The number of hours worked by some auxiliary staff members such as classroom aides, librarians and custodians also were reduced, and some classrooms were overcrowded.
believes there is more support for a referendum this year.
"We've been canvassing the neighborhoods, the whole community," he
said, adding that wasn't done last year.
"We're sending out two letters this week to households.
We've had teachers answering questions on the social networks.
We have a PAC
committee made up of private citizens, and they're talking to their neighbors."
Last year, only 28 percent of the 3,874 registered voters turned out, Letz
There was only one item on the ballot.
This year, there are more items on the ballot, and Letz
expects more people will vote.
believes parents are more aware of what's going on because of the reductions administrators were forced to make last year.
A second letter will be sent to residents who are 55 and older to explain how the general fund works and the importance of supporting the school district even though their children may be adults, Letz
Msd Of Boone Township, George Letz