July 23, 2016

Mostly clear

Panel to talk school levy implications

MEDINA — A panel of school administrators, a parent and a student will talk about how the upcoming November levy would affect future programs at Medina City Schools’ two middle schools.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Medina High School in the main stage auditorium in the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road.

The presentation is open to the public and will include a question-and-answer session.

The panel will include A.I. Root Middle School Principal Chad Wise, Claggett Middle School Principal T.J. Hellickson, varsity football coach Dan Sutherland, parent Ryan O’Cull and Medina High School student Tessa Dombi.

They will discuss how past program cuts have affected students and the impact of a levy failure.

If voters fail to approve the five-year, 5.9-mill levy on the November ballot, administrators have announced a plan to eliminate all middle school extracurricular activities and sports, resulting in a savings of $240,000.

In the 2009 school year, the district switched from a “middle school concept” to a “junior high concept” to cut costs. In the middle school concept, several teachers from different departments work as a team with one group of students. In the junior high concept, teachers work independently.

Elective courses also have been cut, leading to students spending more time in study halls or choosing the late or early release options.

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