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Last updated 2:55PM ET
August 17, 2018
WOUB Local News
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Fed Hock schools consider new levy, more cuts
(WOUB) - We can't fix the problem by ourselves. That's what the Federal Hocking School Board is saying about a budget predicament that has the Athens County district under a state fiscal watch.

Superintendent Jim Patsey says the board voted to tell the state that it can not come up with a bail-out plan and invited a fiscal emergency declaration.

The action came last night during a long meeting in which Patsey recommended putting a levy before voters.

He says a six-mill levy and additional budget cuts could solve the problem, which is now estimated to be $1.1 million after 18 jobs were cut previously.

There was also discussion of a permanent improvements levy and a bond issue. Patsey says the bond issue for building improvements is not a good idea because it detracts from the more important issue of resolving the budget deficit. Also, Fed Hock voters have rejected a bond issue three times.

Still, school officials have been talking with the Ohio School Facilities Commission about a building program. The Commission is promising to pay for most of the program if the district can come up with the rest of the cost.

Patsey says one of the sticking points is a state suggestion to consolidate schools, closing-down Amesville and Coolville elementaries.
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