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Plans for additional spending cuts have been put in place if an emergency levy on the May 3 ballot in the Woodmore School District should fail.
The Woodmore school board last week approved the list of cuts, which includes eliminating busing for student field trips, eliminating up to four teaching positions at the high school, and aligning the elementary school so that there are a maximum of three classrooms per grade level, said John Fernbaugh, district superintendent.
Establishing the three-classroom maximum at the elementary school would result in “significantly” larger class sizes, he said.
The Oregon City Schools district will lose millions in the next two years, according to Oregon City Schools Treasurer Jane Fruth, who provided financial information at a town hall meeting at Starr Elementary School on April 20.
The figures she provided were from the Office of Management and Budget that were incorporated into the Oregon City Schools District.
“This is the best we have right now. Obviously, these will change. We hope they will change for the better,” said Fruth.
Matt Szollosi, state representative from the 49th House District in Ohio, said last week there needs to be greater public awareness of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed biennial budget that will have a severe impact on the Oregon City Schools District.
Szollosi spoke before a crowd of about 30 people who attended a town hall meeting on April 20 at Starr Elementary School.
“As proposed, Oregon schools are losing the equivalent of 5.9-mills worth of revenue based on the proposed budget. Personally, I don’t know how we can absorb that type of loss,” said Szollosi. “When you hear that type of revenue loss from the previous budget, it certainly is a cause for concern. I don’t think we can absorb these types of cuts.”
Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Zalar said there is a funding crisis in the public school system.
“School funding is a state-wide problem. It’s in a crisis situation. We’ve been in this crisis for 20 years now. And nothing seems to be getting done about it,” said Zalar, who spoke at a town hall meeting on April 20 at Starr Elementary School. The meeting was sponsored by Matt Szollosi, state representative from the 49th House District in Ohio.
“School funding is supposed to be a shared partnership,” said Zalar. “The system was set up that way from the get-go. The state and local communities are supposed to work together to produce the funds and revenues to provide free and high quality schools for public education.”
A coalition of environmental-conservation groups is calling on Ohio’s lawmakers to declare, “Yes or no, do you want to open Ohio’s state parks to oil and gas drilling and fracking?”
The groups are asking lawmakers to take a position after weeks of statehouse hearings on a trio of bills that could open state lands to drilling, including:
• Governor Kasich’s proposed state operating budget bill (House Bill 153), which proposes to open 154 state parks to oil and gas drilling as well as logging; and
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