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SENECA COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

This upcoming school year will be the first year for the newly-combine Old Fort and Bettsville school districts. But while the communities will be sharing one education system, they will not be sharing certain taxes.

After Bettsville Local Schools slipped into the State Solvency Fund, school officials decided to merge the district with nearby Old Fort Schools. All 140 Bettsville students are now part of the Old Fort district.

The Bettsville school building will be used for grades K-6, while the Old Fort High School will house grades 7-12.

While the entire Old Fort school district will begin to pay on the remaining $400,000 bond issue for the 2001 Bettsville renovation, Bettsville residents will be the only ones that continue paying four other levies: two other school taxes, one library tax and one parks and recreation tax.

In total, four teacher positions, a custodial position and a few secretary jobs had to be eliminated in the district, but school leaders say these changes are ultimately for the good of the students of Seneca County.

"We're trying to be fiscally responsible in going through this," said Superintendant Stephen Anway. "This is going to be better for our bottom line, there's no question, but we still want to be fiscally responsible and do what's best for the community."

Classes begin for Old Fort Local School son Aug. 20.

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