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.