The Akron school board is moving towards another levy request - and severe cost cutting.
Voters narrowly defeated a 5.5 mill levy for the district on the November ballot.
Following the same process it did before placing the November levy on the ballot, the Akron board will hold two special meetings between now and December 7th, the deadline to put a levy issue on the March ballot.
But school board president Curtis T. Walker Sr. says they realize some $22 million in cuts are inevitable, even if a levy passes later.
"Classroom sizes will probably go up, building closures, shifting some of our personnel," Walker told AkronNewsNow, "No new hires...where we don't have to hire...so there will be a number of things like that."
Board members were shown levy projections by treasurer Jack Pierson, that those cuts would be needed to take effect in Fiscal Year 2013 - even with passage of a March levy...and multi-million dollar cuts are a part of all of Pierson's levy rate projections.
Pierson told board members that "there is no good scenario".
Walker says he's confident the board and administration will work out a plan.
"Yes, it looks daunting," Walker tells AkronNewsNow.com. "but we have capable persons here, superintendent, treasurer, and board members...and we're going to work out a plan."
That's a plan to be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education by December 30th, a plan that the district hopes would avoid future scrutiny of the district by state officials.
Pierson's projections, with no additional levy money coming in, call for $22 million dollars in cuts for Fiscal Year 2013, followed by an additional $23.5 million dollars in cuts the following year.
That proposed scenario would leave the district with just a $124,374 cash balance in Fiscal Year 2013.
An actual cash deficit of 2-percent to 8-percent would trigger Fiscal Caution from state education officials, something Akron school board members and officials are certainly trying to avoid.