GRAFTON, Ohio - Parents, students, school employees and other members of the community filled the Midview High School gymnasium Wednesday night to learn more about massive budget reductions and a levy that school officials say will prevent the cuts.
The school district, located in Lorain County, hasn't had a new levy pass in 19 years although there have been 14 attempts. Voters will be asked to approve a 9.75 mill levy during a special election Feb. 5, 2013 that will cost the owner of a $100,000 home almost $300 a year.
Without the levy, the school district will lose all of its sports programs and other extra-curricular activities. The list also includes transportation, shortened school days, elementary art, music, and physical education. More than 50 employees plus coaches will lose their jobs.
"It's not good for kids," Superintendent John Kuhn said. "It's not good for families. It's not good for the community. It's not good for businesses in this town. It's not good for property values. None of this is good."