The Barberton City School is district planning more drastic cuts if voters turn down an 8.45 mill levy on the May 7th ballot. Superintendent Patricia Cleary tells AkronNewsNow about some of the cuts being planned. " The Board has decided that should the levy fail we will eliminate art and music at the elementary buildings. We may go to half-time kindergarten."
Cleary says pay to play fees for sports would be doubled and middle school sports programs could be downsized by reducing the number of coaches.
The Barberton district is also considering reducing other programs. " We've also talked about doing some reductions of high school foreign language, and also some other music reductions at the middle schools and high school." says Cleary
If the levy is approved Cleary says the district would restore busing to students within a one mile radius, continue full day kindergarten, continue elementary art and music programs and continue pay to play fees at their current levels.
Barberton voters have turned down three levy requests since 2011.
Patricia Cleary says the district is still unclear on just how much money ti will receive from Governor Kasich's new state budget. She says there is the possibility of funding being increased for full day kindergarten