The Canal Winchester Board of Education has not yet made a final decision about placing a levy on the November ballot.

The Canal Winchester Board of Education has not yet made a final decision about placing a levy on the November ballot.

Board members and district officials discussed the possibility during a special meeting Monday night, May 23, but did not take action.

"Board members discussed options," said Bridget Krueger, the district's family and civic engagement coordinator. "It was just fact-finding."

If the board ultimately decides to proceed with the November levy, it will be a second attempt to renew the two-year, $6.4-million emergency levy that was approved in May 2009. The levy expires at the end of the year. On May 3, the renewal levy failed by 50 votes, a margin of 50.71 to 49.29 percent, or 1,784 "no" votes and 1,734 "yes" votes, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The district has until Aug. 10 to file paperwork for the November levy with the elections board.

Whether or not the school board opts to move forward with the November levy, the district will proceed with implementing a previously announced $3.7-million budget reduction plan for the 2011-2012 school year, Superintendent Kimberley Miller-Smith said. The plan includes eliminating 49 jobs, including 27 teaching positions, and increasing students' extracurricular activity fees from $140 to $300 for the next school year. The fees will increase again to $450 per activity for 2012-13 and to $600 for 2013-14.

School officials said prior to the May 3 election that even if the levy were approved, district financial reports showed a $760,000 deficit for the next school year, prompting the school board to approve the elimination of 18 full-time positions April 18.

Miller-Smith said district officials will spend the summer exploring how to cut an additional $5.1-million for the 2012-13 school year and will seek guidance from the Ohio Department of Education.