Before the Olentangy school board unanimously approved a list of $11.48-million in proposed cuts and cost-saving measures should the May 3 combination levy-bond issue fail, two residents took the board to task at its Feb. 23 meeting for not looking at other ways to save money.

Before the Olentangy school board unanimously approved a list of $11.48-million in proposed cuts and cost-saving measures should the May 3 combination levy-bond issue fail, two residents took the board to task at its Feb. 23 meeting for not looking at other ways to save money.

Korey Brown told the board it was using scare tactics or threats by saying things such as sports and extra-curricular activities would be cut if the tax issue loses. He and Karl Salmon asked why school officials did not look at requiring employees to pay more for benefits such as health care and their pensions.

Brown said the district should freeze base wages, do away with step pay increases and require employees to pay more toward health insurance and pensions. He said doing that would save-millions without having to cut sports or lay-off workers.

"The bottom line is the taxpayers are tapped," he said.

The board approved proposed cuts that include eliminating up to 124 teaching, administrative and classified jobs to save about $6.7-million as well a cutting sports and extracurricular activities to save $2.97-million.

The combination three-year 7.9-mill operating levy and no-new-millage bond issue would keep academic programs intact and provide money for a new elementary school.

The levy would raise about $25.5-million annually and an additional $241.94 a year per $100,000 of assessed residential valuation. The bond issue would raise about $24.4-million by restructuring the district's current bond debt.

For more on this story, see the March 3 edition of ThisWeek Olentangy.