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      Sylvania Schools looks to cut teachers

      Facing a projected $4.2 million budget deficit, Sylvania Schools says it is considering dozens of staff reductions and other operational cuts.

      The district's Board of Education met Monday night to discuss a list of cuts proposed by Superintendent Brad Rieger and listen to feedback from the community, including students and staff members. A final vote on reductions will be held at a May 17 meeting.

      Reiger says departments within the district reduced their operating budgets in the current school year, but the reductions were not enough. All operating budgets were frozen to help offset a $1 million shortfall in revenues earlier this year. "This shortfall is the result of decreased state funding, declining property values, and inflationary costs," said Rieger. The district is now forced to look reductions in staffing levels.

      The district says around 50 staff positions are on the chopping block, including teachers, administrators and support personnel. Board members will meet May 17 and 7:30 p.m. at Southview High School to discuss the potential cuts.

      The board is also considering putting an operating levy on the November ballot to help recoup revenue. Voters approved a 4.9 mills levy in 2004 that provided funding for up to three years.

      Sylvania Schools proposed budget cuts and staff reductions.