UNDATED -- Parents in the Switzerland of Ohio School District will face an expensive proposition if their children want to play sports this fall.
The new fee is just one of the major changes school officials were forced to make when taxpayers voted down a levy to help fund the district. Officials said $2.5 million has been cut from the district's budget, making some very tough decisions necessary. Over the summer, 40 teachers will lose their jobs and officials are cutting about one-fifth of their staff.
A $200 "pay-to-play" fee will also be in effect for high school athletes. In addition, there is no money for transportation to games and competitions. Officials said some booster clubs are already fundraising and the board plans to go back to voters in November and ask for a levy to be passed. But if taxpayers say no again, then more programs may be affected.
Educators are hoping this will be a wake-up call to residents. They say all of their options were exhausted after being rejected for state grants.