(Harrison, Oh.) – About 500 people turned out for a meeting of the Southwest Local Schools board Monday night.
Because of a state funding cut, the district may have to slash $2.56 million from its $30 million budget, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
While the board won’t vote on making cuts until an April 14 meeting, parents, teachers, and students came out in large numbers Monday to voice their concerns.
The budget moves would do away with 26 teachers, end bus service for high school students, and could possibly close Hooven Elementary School.
Parents accuse the school board of trying to maneuver for a bond issue to build new school buildings following an Enquirer story last week.
“A master plan has not been developed or accepted and the project would only occur upon passage of a Bond issue by Southwest Local Schools’ residents. At this time, there are no official plans for a Bond Issue,” said Superintendent Chris Brown in a statement posted to the school corporation’s website.
More information about items the school board could vote to cut, visit the Southwest Local Schools website, www.southwestschools.org.