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      Springfield Schools cuts include staff, high school bussing

      <font size="2">After the sound defeat of the August 5, 7.9 mill levy, Springfield School District leaders plan immediate budget cuts.</font>

      HOLLAND - After the sound defeat of the August 5, 7.9 mill levy, Springfield School District leaders plan immediate budget cuts.

      When school starts in a couple of weeks, high schoolers will have to find their own transportation. Superintendent Dr. Michael O??Shea says he??s in talks with union representatives about cutting staff positions, likely about six. Two or three of those custodial, maintenance and transportation positions could be eliminated through attrition. Another way spending will be trimmed, O??Shea tells NBC24 they plan to lock up elementary schools one hour after the last class of the day ends. That will save on utilities, but take a toll on after school recreation and meetings.

      Another levy attempt is expected in November, but with the start of school so near, they plan to discuss specific plans and what happened with this latest vote a few weeks from now.

      The superintendent says he understands voter frustration with being asked for property tax money regularly and believes the solution is citizens pushing their state lawmakers for a complete change of the school funding formula.