Graham Board of Education announces cuts following levy failure

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ST. PARIS, Ohio (WDTN) – Graham Local Schools’ Board of Education has announced some of the cuts that will be made in the wake of the district’s failure to pass a levy in the May election.

The Board says they will consider a future levy issue in the coming months and communicate those plans in early summer, but as of now, immediate cuts must be made.

READ MORE: Graham schools bracing for $600,000+ in cuts after 4th failed levy

The following personnel changes will take effect August 1:

  • Reduction of one full-time nurse position
  • Reduction of one full-time tech support position
  • Reduction of one full-time building secretary   
  • Reduction of one literacy coach position at GES
  • Reduction of one part-time administrative assistant at the District Support Center.

Additionally, the Board cut one administrative role in the District Support Center and says they found financial savings with the reassignment of an administrative assistant to the exempt, non-administrative Assistant Treasurer role.

With Superintendent Kirk Koennecke set to leave his position in July, the district is aiming to name a new superintendent in June. The change is expected to save the district additional money.

READ MORE: Graham Local School superintendent named to head Indian Hill schools

The district will continue to bus students living within a two-mile radius to the school at group pickup locations, but two additional bus routes will be reduced for the 2019-20 school year, and high school busing will be eliminated.

Graham officials are expected to send out information on route changes and maps in June.

No blanket fee increase will be imposed for 2019, as the Board wants to remain sensitive to the needs of the community. However, there will be categorical fee increases for electives and courses with lab environments.

There will be no increases to either Preschool or Pay to Participate fees.

The Board plans to re-examine fees as part of the overall budget picture during the coming school year, and says they will continue to reach out, seek feedback, and urge parent participation to address the ongoing financial needs of the district.

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