Lakota students see changes on first day of class

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WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -Backpacks and books in hand,  Lakota students returned from summer to face another school year.

"The kids were excited and enthusiastic to be back," said Lakota Parent Libby Willms.

But, as students hit the books, parents are also doing their homework, keeping a close eye on the cuts that could be coming in the district.

"I think there are a lot of concerns, I have a Freshman, and looking at the cuts we could be looking at as a district here real soon are kind of scary," Willms said.

A bit of an uneasy start to the school year for parents.

"I'm very concerned that there will be such dramatic cuts, that it will be very hard to recover, " said Lakota parent Pam Perrino.

And district officials say students already saw some changes just this morning.

"Students saw two additional students in each class room, across the board, so that was definitely a change for us here at Lakota, less services, less front office staff, there were more volunteers in the building sort of taking over some of those roles," said Laura Kursman, of the Lakota Local School District.

If the 7.9 mill levy fails this November, $12 million more will be cut -- eliminating 130 teachers and staff, all high school busing and moving to a six day period at the high school.

"Not knowing what that means for them is concerning," Willms said.

Junior High sports is another program that could going away, if those cuts are made.

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