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Fairborn Board of Ed Making Cuts After Failed Levy
FAIRBORN -- A crowded room for the Fairborn Board of Education meeting Thursday night.
It's the first time the members have met since the district's tax levy failed Tuesday night.
"I'm frustrated for the kids, and the cuts in programs that we're gonna have to make that started to get Fairborn back on track," said Superintendent Dave Scarberry, Fairborn City Schools.
Scarberry had to tell 22 teachers, 20 support staff, one secretary, and two principal assistants that they will not have a job after June.
"Very disappointing, very disappointing," said Jeffrey Whited. "We're homeowners, we graduated three children here." Whited is one of the 45 people who lost his job, after the Fairborn community rejected the 11.7 mill levy with 66 percent against, 34 percent for.
"I'm gonna miss the children, I'm gonna miss the kids. I've been a coach for 30-some years, so I'm gonna miss the kids," he said.
For the kids who want to play sports, the pay-to-participate fee will increase from $150 to $500 starting next year.
As a coach, Whited fears the higher participation fee will be more than a cost to parents.
"My biggest memories from high school, which I'm planning my 40th reunion, are from football, basketball and baseball and things like that," said Whited.
During Thursday night's meeting, the public had their chance to voice their opinion on why the levy didn't pass.
"You don't have a revenue problem, you have a spending problem," a resident said to the Board of Education.
The district says right now that's all they can do is keep cutting, because they only have one place to go for funding.
"You can't keep going back to the property owner time after time, but unfortunately, it's the only mechanism that we have right now in order to increase revenue," Scarberry said.
Fairborn is currently being monitored by the state to help with the finances. Because the levy failed, the district might have to borrow money from the state.
They are also considering putting another levy on the ballot in November.
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