The Canal Winchester Board of Education will make a final decision Feb. 9 on the size of the levy voters will see on the May ballot.

The Canal Winchester Board of Education will make a final decision Feb. 9 on the size of the levy voters will see on the May ballot.

Board members agreed Monday night to have the Franklin County Auditor's Office certify both 12.9 mills and 14.9 mills for a permanent levy. They also are considering whether to run the levy request as an emergency, which would limit the levy's time: 12.9 mills for three years or 14.9 mills for five years.

Superintendent Kimberley Miller-Smith recommended that the board go with the 14.9-mill operating levy because it would mean more long-term financial stability. If the levy is approved, it cannot be collected until January 2010.

The 12.9 mills would generate $5.6-million annually and cost an extra $395 annually for a home valued at $100,000. The 14.9 mills would yield $6.4-million and would cost $456 more for the same homeowner.

That homeowner currently pays $963 a year in school taxes.

Miller-Smith said the district must make $2.5-million in cuts for the 2009-2010 school year, though some items might be reinstated if the levy is approved.

Cuts would include: laying off 30 teachers and 10 certified personnel, switching kindergarten from half-day to full day every other day and increasing participation fees for athletics and band from $140 to $500 per activity.

The district already has made $5-million in cuts, which included ending high-school busing.