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Marysville school district plans cuts after levy fails at the ballot box

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Marysville Exempted Village School District officials are preparing to make about $2 million in cuts to several departments following a failed school levy at the ballot box.

The school district announced a break-in-case-of-emergency financial plan following Tuesday's election. The plan includes a hiring freeze, elimination of all-day kindergarten, reductions in extracurricular assistants and the elimination of the TRI academy for specialized learning.

The district said in a news release that the cuts will impact class sizes, programs and course offerings.

Marysville Board of Education President Sue Devine said the cuts may only be temporary. The district will again ask for the funding to maintain its current services on the November ballot. Devine said she is confident the district will weather the issue in the meantime.

"We're in this together, and I heard that as we were gathering last night and watching the results. Of course, everybody was very disappointed but everyone said you know, it's like learning how to ride a bike," Devine said.

Devine said there is no way the district can continue without getting additional funding resources in November.

The 8.4-mill emergency operating levy failed Tuesday with 55% of residents voting against it. The district said it intended to maintain current programs and daily operations, if it did not pass, leaving the district to face significant financial challenges.

If it passed, the levy would have cost taxpayers $294 per $100,000 of their property value, but would have helped the school avoid a more than $9.6 million operating deficit.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.