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Springfield cuts busing for high school students after levy defeat

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Springfield Local School says students in grades 9 through 12 will not have busses to take to school this coming year. The district says the cut is because voters did not pass a levy on the August 5 ballot.

Springfield says this includes students attending Springfield and all area non-public schools.  The district say it is still required to transport Springfield students to and from PENTA.

The district will also close elementary schools one hour following the end of the school day. The buildings will no longer be available for after-school meetings and activities, child care programs, etc.

Open houses and parent/teacher conferences are considered part of the school day and will not be impacted.

Voters soundly rejected a 7.9 mill levy on August 5. The levy received 1,613 votes in support, and 3,519 against. 

The district has already made arrangements to have another levy issue on the November ballot.

The district will lose two custodial positions and reduce staff in the maintenance department.

The district's superintendent says leaders did not really have a choice.

"It is what it is. We respect that, and we will have to do the things necessary to live without additional operating money for as long as we can, and quite frankly we passed that point some time back," said Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Shea.

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