What's next for Westlake City Schools after 5.9 mill levy failed

WESTLAKE, Ohio - Westlake City Schools will seek community input about the school district before deciding whether to put another tax levy on the ballot in November.

A 5.9 mill levy failed by just 47 votes on May 7. There's a chance there could be a recount depending on how many votes the levy picks up when the provisional ballots are counted.

Nevertheless, Dr. Dan Keenan, the superintendent, said the schools need to find out what they can do better in order to receive community support.  He said there definitely will not be a levy on the August ballot.

If there is no recount and the levy defeat stands, Keenan has announced a tentative plan to make $1 million in cuts, including:

- 3-5 elementary school positions
- The gifted coordinator position at the middle school
- Reduce the preschool coordination program by 33%
- Cut summer school administration by 50%
- One high school social studies teacher
- Eliminate the remaining consumer science position
- Eliminate 1.5 special education teachers
- The retiring gifted math/AP coordinator will not be replaced
- A half-time guidance counselor and a part-time physical education position will be cut
- Eliminate one elementary school art position
- Cut busing within one mile of the school, including kindergarten students, which will eliminate six bus driver positions

Without the cuts, Keenan said the district will have a $2.9 million deficit by the 2014-2015 school year.

"We have to start knocking that down now," he said in a news release.

The school board could vote on the cuts at its June 10 meeting.

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