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Boardman Schools to host "State of the Schools" on March 20

March 14, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Boardman School District will host a State of the Schools Community Meeting on Tuesday (March 20) at 6:30 p.m. at Boardman High School's cafeteria. All Boardman residents are invited to attend.

The Boardman school district currently faces a critical financial situation. In looking at possible solutions, the board has placed an Emergency 4.9 million dollar levy on the May 8 ballot. The purpose of the "State of the Schools" meeting is to share the facts, and to seek community input on a number of decisions that will directly impact students and the community.

"This is not going to be a levy rally," said Superintendent Tim Saxton. "This will be a meeting on the state of our district."

The rumor that the hospital property taxes being eliminated was not the main problem. Saxton said it only accelerated the bigger problem that was coming within the year.

The community meeting will be broken down into four components. Board President Jeffrey Barone will open with what has happened to put the district in this spot. His talk will be followed by Saxton explaining Plan A and Plan B. In both, the district will continue to cut costs through attrition. When a teacher retires, he or she wont be replaced.

"Plan B would be what we have to do if things dont go well on May 8 (election day)," he said.

The third segment of the meeting will comprise of Boardman teachers talking about the impacts these plans will have in their classrooms.

"After the teachers are done, we are going to break off into smaller groups and discuss the plans," Saxton said.

He said the input will be gathered and what residents are thinking and saying will be taken into account.

Saxton said as he looked back over the years, this is not the first time Boardman has felt financial woes due to state changes in school funding. Back in 1977, the district had to close the schools for nine to 14 days in December because it ran out of funds. Those days had to be made up in 1978. At that time, the district put a whopping 5.8 mill levy on the ballot.

"Back in 1978 the State of Ohio did not fix school funding," he said. "We've been waiting 40 years and it is still not fixed. The bottom line is that Boardman needs to take care of Boardman."

Saxton said he hopes to see 500 plus at the community meeting.



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