The Canal Winchester Local Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to place a three-year, 13.38-mill, $5.8-million emergency levy on the November ballot.

The Canal Winchester Local Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to place a three-year, 13.38-mill, $5.8-million emergency levy on the November ballot.

If approved, the levy would cost homeowners $410 per $100,000 of home valuation, district treasurer Joyce Boyer said. That amount is $42 less than homeowners currently pay per month for the two-year, $6.4-million, 14.78-mill emergency levy that was approved in May 2009 and which expires in December. Voters did not renew the levy on May 3.

Before approving the three-year levy for November, members considered a second option in the form of a two-year, $4.9-million levy, but said the three-year option would provide the district with more financial stability.

"For the term of three years, it gives us more of a concrete look at the future," board member Michael Yonnotti said.

A three-year levy, rather than the two-year option, would also enable the district to avoid uncertainty regarding state funding in 2013, when state officials will decide the next biennium budget, board member Brian Niceswanger said.

"The three-year (levy) takes us out of the state budget cycle," he said. "If we go to the third year, state money is known."

Resident Rick Knudsen told the board that, rather than returning to the ballot, he would like to see the district implement cost-savings measures such as making teachers pay more for health care.

"In the board meetings I come to, I'm hearing none of this discussed," Knudsen said.

Resident Richard Cole also suggested strategies to cut costs, such as reducing the amount the district pays for substitute teachers and working with Gov. John Kasich's office to reduce administrative costs associated with excessive paperwork.

Cole encouraged the board to wait until May 2012 to place another levy on the ballot in order to give voters more time to evaluate the district's financial needs.

"With a high level of unemployment and a lack of raises in the private sector, there just isn't enough money to go around," Cole said.

Board member David Brobst said delaying the levy would cause the district to make further cuts. The district has already announced the elimination of 49 jobs, including 27 teaching positions, and has increased students' extracurricular activity fees from $140 to $300 beginning in the 2011/12 school year.

"By delaying (the levy) until May, you would have to reduce (costs) going into the 2012-13 school year because you wouldn't collect any money until January of '13," whereas the district would begin collecting on the November levy in January 2012, Brobst said.

After voting to send paperwork for t he three-year levy to the county auditor's office for certification, the board also scheduled a special meeting for at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, to vote on a resolution to officially proceed with placing the three-year levy on the November ballot. The board has until Aug. 10 to file the levy paperwork with the Franklin County Board of Elections.

In other business Monday night, the board approved eliminating two additional positions beginning in the 2011/12 school year: a part-time clerical position at the district's central office and a full-time bus driver.

District treasurer Joyce Boyer said the bus driver's salary for the 2011-12 contract year was $34,019.51 and the salary for the clerical post was $30,454.63.