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Pike-Delta-York schools propose levy to community

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FULTON COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A local school district is looking to the community for support as they tackle a tough financial situation.

Residents in the Pike-Delta-York school district will soon see a levy on their ballot. District officials say they've made all the cuts they can without impacting the students' education. They say if more money is not brought in soon, drastic cuts will have to be made.

"Just a few months ago, we were not going to be able to finish Fiscal Year 14 in the positive," said Superintendent Jay Lefevre.

The district has reduced staff, froze salaries, and made changes to employee insurance in their attempts to cut costs. Between those cuts and an unexpected increase in state funding, the district was able to trim about $400,000 from the budget and stay afloat for the fiscal year.

Fiscal Year 2014-15 doesn't look as healthy, though. Lefevre says they're relying on voters to approve a levy to avoid more severe cuts.

"[We would be] greatly reducing our bussing, going to state minimums in bussing and reducing staffing even further," he said. "We get to that point, no doubt it would have a dramatic impact on our students and our community."

One parent, Brian Stack, says the levy could be a tough sell on voters, but he hopes the community learns what's at stake and supports it.

"I realize that there's tough times," he said, "But it's for the kids and for the education."

The school board will begin working out the details of the levy proposal at a meeting Wednesday night.

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