The Hilliard City School District Board of Education voted 4-1 at a special meeting Monday night to pass a resolution that would eliminate 51.5 teaching and classified positions, reduce the pay of an additional 247 positions and eliminate various middle school programs. The proposed cuts total $3.8-million.

The Hilliard City School District Board of Education voted 4-1 at a special meeting Monday night to pass a resolution that would eliminate 51.5 teaching and classified positions, reduce the pay of an additional 247 positions and eliminate various middle school programs. The proposed cuts total $3.8-million.

The cuts would go into effect for the 2011-12 school year if voters don't approve Issue 7, the 6.9-mill property tax levy that the district has placed on the May 3 ballot. According to the district's projections, the levy would cost taxpayers an additional $18 per month per $100,000 of home value.

Superintendent Dale A. McVey said the cuts are necessitated by Gov. John Kasich's draft biennial budget, which will cause Hilliard City Schools to lose $14.1-million in state school funding over the next two school years.

In compiling the list of budget reductions, "we wanted to make sure we weren't overreacting. We also didn't want to under-react," McVey said.

In addition to the staff reductions, the list of cuts include eliminations of: gifted instruction, all middle school athletic programs, fifth grade band and strings programs, and transportation services for field trips, daycare services and gifted programs.

For more details on this story see the March 30 edition of ThisWeek Hilliard.