Springfield to cut courses, extracurricular activities if May levy fails

Springfield to cut courses, extracurricular activities if May levy fails

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) - Students in the Springfield Local Schools district could soon be without music, art, technology and physical education courses, as well as sports and other extracurricular activities if voters do not approve a May levy.

The levy would generate $3.9 million for the district. Springfield Superintendent Michael O'Shea says the district would have no choice but to cut the classes and extracurricular activities if it does not pass.

O'Shea is concerned the loss of those programs would discourage young families from moving into the district.

"I think now is the time to look long and hard at what's at stake here, and help us pass this issue," said O'Shea.

At least one Springfield athlete says he's concerned about how failure of the levy could affect his life.

"It's been a dream of mine my whole life, to play sports, and I want to go to college, and as an athlete, your senior year taken away from you is sad, and I don't want it to happen," said Scottie Seymour, a junior on the Springfield baseball team.

Seymour says he hopes the community will look at the levy as more than a dollars and cents proposition.

"Help out, get to know some of the kids, see what we do - we do great things, and as a school, I love all our students, and all our teachers, and I'm sure they'd say the same thing about everyone, and if the community would just look and learn a little bit about our school and what we have going on, it would go a long way," said Seymour.

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