September 16, 2014

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Medina Schools seeks advice from public

MEDINA — Medina Schools officials are asking the public for advice before deciding whether to put a levy on the May 7 ballot.
A community meeting will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the main cafeteria in Medina High School.

The district also is preparing an online survey before making a decision on the levy. The survey will be available the week of Jan. 7 at www.medinacityschooldistrict.org.

The district faces a projected deficit of $3 million in fiscal year 2014, $5.6 million in 2016 and $18.2 million in 2017, officials said.
School officials said the shortfalls are the result of cuts in state funding, inflation and the district’s inability to pass a levy the past several years.

Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp, board members and other administrative staff members will be present at the meeting.
The school officials said they hope the meeting will help identify community expectations about the school district and programs, services that the community would like reinstated and how large a levy voters might support.

Some services that have been eliminated include reading intervention specialists and guidance counselors at the elementary school level, elective course offerings at both middle and high school levels, and transportation has been reduced to state minimum standards.

Students who live fewer than two miles from school do not get busing, and there is no transportation for high school students.
Overall, the district has cut more than $9.5 million from its budget and reduced staff by 20 percent in the past several years.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.