Toledo Public Schools holds meeting on budget cuts

Toledo Public Schools held a meeting to discuss its deficit with Toledo residents on Wednesday evening.

TPS says it must reduce next year TMs budget by $30 million. In order to make the reduction, district officials are proposing layoffs, the elimination of programs and in some cases closing schools altogether.

Jennifer Lanadverde-Lay is a sophomore at the Toledo Technical Academy. The honor roll student says the idea of her school closing upsets her. You work so hard for this to stay in school and keep up with the grades, Jennifer says she could go to another school, but she likes the education she receives at the TTA.

Libbey High School is another one of the schools TPS has considered closing. Thom West is an assistance basketball coach at Libbey High School. West urged Toledo Public Schools to visit Libbey and discuss options other than closing. We just wanted to stay open, Blossom Mitchell, a Libbey High School junior.

In May district voters will be asked to approve a .75% tax levy. If the levy is approved the district would still need to cut 17.5 million dollars out of its budget.

There will be another meeting held Thursday, March 18, at Rogers High School.