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 The fate of Walbridge Elementary School and the jobs of more than 20 employees of the Lake Local School District will be decided Wednesday night when the school board votes on a proposed austerity plan aimed at reducing spending by just under $1.2 million.
 Treasurer Jeff Carpenter said the loss of revenues from the state and a loss of local property tax revenues due to lower valuations are putting a tight squeeze on the district’s operating funds.
 In addition to the personnel cuts and closing of Walbridge school, the board plans to reduce the all-day, every-day kindergarten program to every other day.
 If approved, the cuts would go into effect on May 25.
 Walbridge students would be merged into classes at Lake Elementary School for the 2012-13 school year, Carpenter said.
 According to the board’s meeting agenda, the cuts will include:
• Eight classroom teachers, one guidance counselor, and one nurse.
• Three custodians, one maintenance employee, two bus drivers, three study-hall monitors, and two and a half secretaries.
• Thirteen coaching positions.
• Three extra-curricular positions.
• One central office employee.
• Five positions with the Wood County Educational Service Center.
 Carpenter said the district has lost more than $420,000 in local property taxes in the past year.
 Lake voters rejected levy requests for an additional 4.75 mills for operating expenses twice last year.
 Carpenter is projecting a deficit of $411,234 in operating funds by the end of 2012 without spending cuts or additional revenues. By June 2013, the deficit is expected to reach $1.27 million.
 The board will meet March 21 at 7 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
  

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