Princeton City School District reacts to Kasich budget

Hamilton County, OH - CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - On the day Ohio Governor John Kasich revealed his plan for the budget, a local school district, already in dire straits is reacting.

FOX 19 sat down with Superintendent Gary Pack, superintendent of Princeton City Schools.  The district has already been forced to cut 8 million dollars from its budget this year.  They eliminated 33 teacher and 12 administrative positions.  Now, they're going to have to cut even deeper.

The Governor's budget cuts tangible personal property (TPP) tax the district receives starting this year.  The tangible personal property tax is monies they receive from local businesses which accounts for 70% of the district's funding.  The new budget phases out TPP tax starting this year meaning Princeton has to cut another ten million dollars from it's budget over the next two years.

"We have to look at transportation, schools, how we operate, further staffing.  We have to look even deeper at everything," says Superintendent Gary Pack.  Pack says the district had an operating budget of 86 million dollars in 2006 and by 2013 will have a budget of 50 million.  He says the cuts leave the district no choice but to go to the voters and ask for a levy.

"It's disheartening for the children in Princeton because of the diversity we have and folks we serve who make us proud every day.  It saddens me for them," says Pack.

The Princeton School Board is holding a special meeting on Monday at 5pm to figure out what the next steps are.

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