SHARON – Sharon City School Board balanced the 2020-21 budget of $39.2 million without raising property taxes by furloughing teachers and dipping into the district’s fund balance.

In addition, the board voted to “alter or curtail” Sharon Middle School’s Engineering by Design program.

In previous meetings, the board had discussed ways to close a budget deficit of more than $2 million. District officials had considered a range of alternatives, including a potential 6-mill property tax increase.

The board passed the budget by a vote of 6-3, with Sonja Heard, Brian Faber and Deborah Roberson dissenting.

In another 6-3 vote, the board kept the real estate tax millage at the same rate of 80.01 mills. The dissenting votes were Heard, Brenda Kepple and Melvin Bandzak.

The board voted, 6-3 to furlough 4.5 teaching positions a Sharon Middle High School and one elementary school position. Heard, Roberson and Faber voted no.

The school board passed a budget only hours before the state-mandated deadline of midnight.

The Herald will publish detailed information from Tuesday’s budget hearing Thursday.

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