If voters in the Dublin City School District reject Issue 15, students will see changes, officials say.

If voters in the Dublin City School District reject Issue 15, students will see changes, officials say.

The $25-million bond and 7.2-mill levy will appear as a combination issue on the November ballot. Early voting started Oct. 4.

Superintendent David Axner outlined for the school board potential cuts should voters reject the levy.

Axner said the district has tried to run a positive campaign but needed to let voters know what would occur if the tax levy, which would cost an additional $244 per $100,000 of assessed property value annually, is not passed.

According to Axner, about $7.5 million in cuts would have to be made, including 150 positions across the district.

“I think in these times, people understand that this much money and this many reductions would really change the landscape of Dublin City Schools,” he said. “That’s not a threat. It’s not trying to push someone to vote for the levy. This is factual.”

District treasurer Stephen Osborne agreed.

“With the failure of Issue 15, reductions will be necessary, and we won’t be able to offer the services that we currently provide,” he said. “We’re so proud of the academic success of the district, we want it to continue. The levy theme has been maintaining excellence, and we want to maintain it and the programming in the district.”

If Issue 15 is rejected, officials also would lose money for maintenance and improvements.

Axner said a list of $1.5 million in needs around the district has been made and that funding would be needed for those expenses.

“We’ve worked hard to have a positive campaign, but we want to be fair. Is it fair not to discuss those things?” he said. “If the levy fails and you reduce those things, we want to put it out there. Things would be very different.”

According to information from the district, items that could be changed if the bond-levy issue fails are as follows:

• Reduction in supplemental contracts

• Decrease in expenditures within graded course of study

• Reduced stipends

• Reduction in extended time

• Reduced professional development allocations

• Reduced number of field trips

• Reduced number of world language offerings

• Reduction in the number of elective courses

• Reduction in buildings/grounds/maintenance services

• Restructure in busing

• Reduced reading support

• Reduced technology support

• Reduced department/ building budgets

• Current programs restructured/eliminated

• Reduced administrative staff

• Reduced number of educational options

• Increased class sizes (reduced certificated staff)

• Reduction in non-instructional (support) staff

All cuts and reductions would be up for board approval.