Last updated 2:50PM ET
October 18, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Fed Hock is currently facing a projected deficit of nearly one million dollars.
(2007-06-06)
(WOUB) - Elementary school students in the Federal Hocking School District could be headed to high school much earlier than expected - if one proposal to cut costs in the financially strapped district is approved.

A special meeting of the school board has been called for this evening to discuss closing the district's two elementary schools in Amesville and Coolville.

This would mean that the current high school middle school complex in Stewart would become a K-12 building but not before the start of the next school year.

Superintendent Jim Patsey says a consolidation could also mean the elimination of teaching positions.

Fed Hock is currently facing a projected deficit of nearly one million dollars.

Last month, the state placed the district in fiscal emergency, which means a state-formed commission is taking over some of the responsibilities of the Board of Education.

At the meeting, the board will also discuss if a levy should be put on the ballot and a new bus route proposal to save on gas..

Patsey says the district is the 17th largest district geographically in the state.

Voters in Federal Hocking haven't passed an operating levy since 1976.

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