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Sylvania schools outline cuts if Issue 17 fails

The superintendent of Sylvania Schools outlined the possibility of cuts coming to the district if voters vote against the levy in November. (Sylvania Schools)

The superintendent of Sylvania Schools outlined the possibility of cuts coming to the district if voters vote against the levy in November.

Superintendent Scott Nelson says most of the cuts, 51, will be to personnel.

“Like many other districts in Northwest Ohio, we are not exempt to these substantial state budget cuts and unfortunately, our district is forced to ask the taxpayers to help us with this very real need,” Nelson said.

Officials say the cuts would increase class sizes while reducing math and reading intervention, visual arts, physical education, and music.

Cuts would also eliminate transportation for public, parochial, and community schools.

“Without additional funding, our school district will be forced to continue cutting programs and laying off teachers and other staff – actions that negatively impact student success in the years to come,” said Adam Fineske, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for the district.

In July, The Sylvania School Board voted unanimously to begin a millage request to be put onto the November ballot. Originally a 5.9-mill request, the board voted to reduce it to 5.7-mills following a "better than expected" fiscal year end report.

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