Pinning the future on a March levy, the Westerville Board of Education on Jan. 23 approved $16.7 million in additional budget cuts and, at the same time approved a list of which programs would be first to return if voters approve Issue 10.

Pinning the future on a March levy, the Westerville Board of Education on Jan. 23 approved $16.7 million in additional budget cuts and, at the same time approved a list of which programs would be first to return if voters approve Issue 10.

Board members voted 5-0 to approve cuts for next school year, including all sports and extracurricular activities, changes to busing and eliminating more than 200 teaching and staff positions.

The board also unanimously approved a ranked list of which programs and services the district would consider restoring first, should the levy pass. The 6.9-mill, five-year levy, if approved, is expected to raise $16.5 million per year, according to district figures. It is expected to cost property owners an additional $210 for every $100,000 of home valuation.

Read the full story in the Jan. 26 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.