Lakota levy fails; Administrators brace for cuts

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WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - It was a normal day for students in the Lakota school district a day after the levy defeat, but for administrators  it was anything but business as usual as they brace for big cuts.

"Disappointment, and I would even use the word sadness," said Lakota Superintendent Mike Taylor. "We're looking at different types of program that impact students, we're at that particular level."

"This is not a one time, make a few cuts, and we can solve this problem kind of issue," said school board president Joan Powell.

The first thing to go is high school busing beginning this January -- K-8 busing outside of a two mile radius will also be cut.

As for next year, 130 staff members could be laid off and activities like junior high sports will also be eliminated. Superintendent Mike Taylor says the will come back for another levy, now it's just a matter of when.

May, or whether we go in August, or whether we go in November, and it passes, you can't begin any type of collection whatsoever until January 2012, so because we have to balance the books, the reductions will have to move forward anyway," Taylor said.

Taylor also said he feels it would be disrespectful to the voters to go back on the ballot in February, saying the administration and the school board want to hear from the community, before preparing for another levy.

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