Westerville City Schools' administrators threatened the loss of all extracurricular activities - including all sports, music and arts programs - plus the elimination of arts and physical education programs at the elementary and middle-school level and a drastic reduction in elective offerings at the high-school level if a November levy doesn't pass.

Westerville City Schools' administrators threatened the loss of all extracurricular activities - including all sports, music and arts programs - plus the elimination of arts and physical education programs at the elementary and middle-school level and a drastic reduction in elective offerings at the high-school level if a November levy doesn't pass.

In all, the district would have to cut $23 million from the 2012-2013 budget if voters to not approve Issue 20, which combines a 0.5-percent earned-income tax and a 4.06-mill property tax.

The district's administration outlined what cuts would come at a Sept. 26 school board meeting.

Administrators said the $23 million in cuts would mean returning the district's programming to the state-mandated minimums.

Other cuts outlined included a loss of maintenance personnel, high-school deans, music, art and physical-education teachers, reading specialists, guidance counselors, media clerks and specialists, secretaries, aides and administrators.

For students, the cuts would mean a loss of language programs, advanced high school programs such as the STEM Bodies program and the International Baccalaureate program, a limit of five courses at the high school level and increased class sizes.

There would be no transportation for students living within two miles of a school, the walking distance to bus stops would be increased to a half-mile and there would be no transportation for high school students.

The magnet school program would be eliminated.

The district did not assign dollar amounts to individual programs that would be cut. But, administrators did say that the outlined cuts would not be up for debate; they would all be necessary to balance the budget if a levy does not pass.

Officials also did not say how many positions would be eliminated.


For more on this story, see the Sept. 29 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.