Sharpsville Schools address budget concerns in town hall meeting

The district is $250,000 in thei red as it tries to come up with a solution to balance the budget

A meeting is held regarding the budget of the Sharpsville School District.

SHARPSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – About 200 people attended a town hall meeting Wednesday night about rumors of cuts and tax increases in the Sharpsville School District.

Last month, Superintendent Brad Ferko said that because the district is in a deficit, cuts will have to happen or there would be tax increases.

The district is $250,000 in the red as it tries to come up with a solution to balance the budget.

This has resulted in the proposal of a 4-mill tax levy increase. Two-mill would go to capital projects, including fixing the school’s roof.

Before this meeting, the school board also met to discuss changes to the curriculum.

The AP class will not be cut at the high school and in the middle and elementary schools, a retention plan will be added for students who fail two core classes in a school year.

Schedule changes to block scheduling was thrown out.

The board is considering taking out the technology program in the elementary school and adding a library aide.

In the high school, a science teacher and forensic class will be added.

The biggest discussion of the night was about rumors that the school would be building a turf field.

Ferko made a promise to parents and students that this will not happen unless they receive enough private donations. He said they are keeping funds strictly for education.

The budget proposal is set to be approved by the end of June.

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