Cuts possible after failure of Niles school levy

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Voters said “no” to a renewal levy for Niles City Schools, and now there are real concerns about what could happen next.

Over the past year, the board has trimmed more than $500,000 from the $24 million budget. 

Without the levy, the district said they will have to make deep cuts. 

School Board President Mary Ann McMahon said the district is in fiscal emergency, and it needed these dollars to stay afloat.

“We don’t want to cut teachers. We don’t want to cut bus drivers. We don’t want to cut anyone because every one of them is directly involved in the educational process of our students,” she said. 

McMahon said they plan to put the issue on the ballot again. It could be a special election in August or in November.

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