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Pike-Delta-York schools propose levy to community

FULTON COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Alocal school district is looking to the community for support as they tackle atough financial situation.

Residentsin the Pike-Delta-York school district will soon see a levy on their ballot.District officials say they've made all the cuts they can without impacting thestudents' education. They say if more money is not brought in soon, drastic cutswill have to be made.

"Justa few months ago, we were not going to be able to finish Fiscal Year 14 in thepositive," said Superintendent Jay Lefevre.

Thedistrict has reduced staff, froze salaries, and made changes to employeeinsurance in their attempts to cut costs. Between those cuts and an unexpectedincrease in state funding, the district was able to trim about $400,000 fromthe budget and stay afloat for the fiscal year.

FiscalYear 2014-15 doesn't look as healthy, though. Lefevre says they're relying onvoters to approve a levy to avoid more severe cuts.

"[Wewould be] greatly reducing our bussing, going to state minimums in bussing andreducing staffing even further," he said. "We get to that point, no doubt itwould have a dramatic impact on our students and our community."

Oneparent, Brian Stack, says the levy could be a tough sell on voters, but hehopes the community learns what's at stake and supports it.

"Irealize that there's tough times," he said, "But it's for the kids and for theeducation."

Theschool board will begin working out the details of the levy proposal at ameeting Wednesday night.

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