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Nordonia could face bigger cuts

By John Published: March 4, 2011

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

Nordonia Hills school officials announced the potential elimination of 54 jobs, including 28 teaching positions, if voters do not approve a new operating levy on the May 3 ballot.

Even with the levy, 10 teaching jobs will be cut to trim $1 million from the budget.

The district will have to cut almost $3 million more if the levy fails.

Gov. John Kasich will present his proposed budget on March 15. School officials around the state are expecting a significant cut in funding.

''There is uncertainty and volatility surrounding the amount that school districts will receive in state funding,'' Nordonia Hills Superintendent Wayne Blankenship said in a prepared statement. ''We are hearing that amount could be a reduction in revenue from 8-20 percent.''

The 6.5-mill levy would generate about $6.5 million annually.


Voters rejected a levy for the same millage in November. It would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $200 more a year, or a 22 percent increase in school taxes.

Nordonia Hills in northern Summit County has about 4,000 students.

When the levy failed in November, the district cut transportation to the state minimum: running buses only for elementary and middle-school students who live outside a two-mile radius of their school. High school busing was eliminated.

If the levy fails again in May, the district plans to:

• Increase class size.

• Reduce electives at the middle school and high school.

• Cut back on foreign language classes at the high school and art classes for kindergarten through fourth grade.

• Eliminate gifted services for kindergarten through eighth grade.


John Higgins can be reached at 330-996-3792 or jhiggins@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the education blog at http://education.ohio.com/.
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