Levy cited as reason for school changes

SANDUSKY The recent shuffling of classes in Sandusky City Schools may, in fact, be the result of the district's failed levy.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The recent shuffling of classes in Sandusky City Schools may, in fact, be the result of the district's failed levy.

Madison Elementary will no longer house a sixth grade but will incorporate another kindergarten class. The change will give the Madison building two kindergartens, two first, second, third and fourth grades, one fifth grade and no sixth grade.

In a letter to parents of fifth graders at Madison Elementary, Principal William Biehl cited the district's failed levy as the cause.

Sandusky was seeking a 5.4-mill operating levy that would have generated $2.7 million annually for the district. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $165 per year.

"Due to the failure of our May 2007 operating levy, our school district has had to make major financial decisions," Biehl wrote.

He goes on to address the students' new school assignments.

"Madison students entering 6th grade will be assigned to schools with available space such as Osborne and Venice," he wrote.

However, in an interview with the Register on Tuesday, Superintendent Bill Pahl said the classroom shift was not about finances.

"We do this all the time. They (students) might have to go to one school then have to shift. That move does not necessarily save us money; it's not part of the budget," he said Tuesday.

Hancock Elementary will also see some changes. The school will have two kindergartens rather than four. One of the kindergarten classes will move to Madison Elementary School, and one will be eliminated.

Parents will be notified before the end of summer about students' building assignments.

Pahl could not be reached for comment. Biehl did not return calls from the Register.