Fairfield proposes cuts if levy fails

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Fairfield Superintendent Paul Otten has proposed $7.4 million in cuts if the district's Nov. 8 levy fails.

The Fairfield Board of Education  placed a 6.5-mill operating levy on the ballot to offset revenue losses and a budget deficit projected through 2015.

The levy will cost a homeowner based on $100,000 value $199.06 per year, or $16.59 per month. The revenue will carry the district through June 30, 2014.

Otten's recommendations include:

  • Cuts in transportation - moving to state minimums for transportation, which include eliminating busing for all high schools students, including freshmen, and cutting busing to students who live within a 2-mile radius of their school.
  • Making all sports, clubs and fine arts activities 'pay to play'
  • Eliminating art teachers, music teachers and physical education teachers
  • Eliminating library aids
  • Eliminating school nurses
  • Outsourcing district custodial and maintenance staff
  • Eliminating reading center teachers
  • Eliminating administrative positions
  • Eliminating educational assistant support staff
  • Eliminating field trips and activity buses
  • Closing all buildings at end of work day
  • Reduction in electives (gr. 7]12)
  • Reduction in core area teachers (gr. 7]12)
  • Reduction in classroom teachers (gr. PreK]6)
  • Reduction in Support Personnel

Additional details on the recommended cuts are available by clicking here.

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