CPS expected to vote on $20 million budget cuts on Monday

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Cincinnati Public School board members are expected to vote on budget cuts on Monday. District leaders need to cut $20 million from next year's budget.

Keysha Young, who has two daughters, said being a parent who works can be difficult.  Her daughters Tre'sha and Trekeya go to school in Cincinnati and what ever CPS cuts will likely affect them.

"Most households either have one or two working parents so they're not going to be able to get their kids there," said Young. "And if they get rid of the bussing or the crossing guards then you're going to have unsafe travels to and from school."

After-school and athletic programs could also be cut. Young's nine-year-old Tre'sha is a cheerleader.

"We do competitions, have games, and run against each other," said Tre'sha.

Tre'sha is one of many kids who enjoy after school programing. Her friend Adrian often stays after for tutoring to keep her grades up.

Both children said they can't imagine life without those programs, but they may have to. It's a reality even parents new to the district are coming to grips with.

"Having a kid just starting out... Kindergarten here this year," said Kyle Ciminillo. "It's not a good start for my opinion of the Cincinnati School System."

District leaders said they are trying to hold off a looming deficit, but the proposed cuts may not be enough. The school board may have to cut another $7.8 million. Duke Energy is looking to hold back some of its tax payments.

Teacher lay-offs are off the table because union contracts mandate a decision like that must be made by April. That was months before this recent big blow from Duke Energy where the dispute over taxes has cost the district the possible $20 million in funding.

"The reality is in the past ten years, we've closed 20 schools and laid off 1,500 employees, mostly teachers," said CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan. "So we really can't do massive layoffs because we're at bare minimums right now."

Tonight's meeting is expected to start at 7:00 p.m. and will take place at the CPS building on Burnet Avenue. A budget has to be in place by Wednesday, June 30th.

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