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Lakota parents brace for more cuts

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19)- Lakota mom Julie Shaffer has three children in the Lakota school district, and she's seeing the cuts slice into the classroom first hand.

"If you already look at the class size, my fourth grader has 30 kids in her class, and so when you look at that many kids, plus the reduction in support for those kids, it impacts every student in that classroom," Shaffer said.

Shaffer is one of many concerned parents that's been attending the weekly meetings to inform parents of the proposed cuts for the 2011 2012 school year.

"It's disappointing to me that's it's trickling down to the impact that it is unfortunately having on our students and their daily lives," Shaffer said.

In prior budget proposals the district has said they're keeping the cuts away from the classroom, but with the failure of the November levy, it's nearly impossible.

"At this point, with the level of cuts, it absolutely does have an impact on the classroom, there's still a lot of quality but opportunities are being diminished at this point for all the students in Lakota," Shaffer said.

Shaffer says the drastic cuts are forcing parents to consider other alternatives for their kids.

"I think we're losing a lot of good families and students to private schools that will take a lot of the talent out of Lakota as well," Shaffer said.

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