At least 52 teaching positions and 25 classified positions will be cut if the Worthington schools operating levy is not approved in November, according to recommendations of Superintendent Melissa Conrath.

At least 52 teaching positions and 25 classified positions will be cut if the operating levy is not approved in November, according to recommendations of Superintendent of Schools Melissa Conrath.

Conrath unveiled her lists of deep cuts at the Worthington Board of Education meeting on Monday night.

The board still must vote on which of her recommendations would be included in the reductions that would be made if the 6.9-mill incremental levy fails on Nov. 3. A meeting has been set for Sept. 2 at 10 a.m.

An incremental levy goes into effect gradually -- 3.9 mills the first year, followed by an additional 1.5 mills in each of the two following years.

If the levy is not approved, the board must reduce $14-million in spending over the next two years.

Even if it passed, approximately $4.8-million must be cut to assure there is no deficit at the end of 2013, treasurer Jeff McCuen said on Monday. Another levy would have to go on the ballot in 2012.

Conrath did not specify which cuts would be made if the levy passes, but said they may come from the levy-fail reduction recommendations.

She said she based her reduction recommendations on response from the community, in part through more than 1,000 surveys filled out and returned by residents. She also took into consideration the advice of administrators and staff.

"If we have to cut $14-million over two years, there is no way we cannot impact programs," she told the board.

Among the reductions to be implemented if the levy fails, according to the superintendent's recommendations, are:

Increase athletic pay-to-play fees to $250 per sport, beginning winter 2010.

Combine east side middle school athletic teams.

Eliminate high school busing, effective January 2010.

Cut building and department budgets by 5 percent.

Reduce professional development days for teachers by 50 percent.

Reduce performance contracts and stipends not contractually required.

Eliminate extended days for middle school guidance, deans, career-based intervention, and high school guidance.

Eliminate elementary open enrollment reassignment back to home school to balance class sizes.

Reductions that would be pending, only to go into effect following more study, include the elimination of busing to students within two miles of elementary and middle schools; elimination of field trips; elimination of middle schools and freshman level sports; elimination of middle school extracurricular activities; reconfiguration of elementary schools; and reassignment of the Phoenix program to Kilbourne High School.

Certified staff positions recommended for reduction include:

One curriculum teacher leader.

0.5 deans at each middle school.

0.5 guidance counselors at each middle school.

Two high school deans.

1.2 high school activity directors.

One Rockbridge Academy employee (eliminate program).

Two athletic trainers.

Eleven elementary library media specialists.

2.75 third-grade EPP teachers.

One principal (delay replacing principals at Wilson Hill and Granby).

One district administrator.

24 high school teachers, resulting from reducing courses and increasing class size.

Classified staff positions recommended to be eliminated are:

Six support positions including auditorium manager, parking lot supervisor, front office assistant.

Eight assistant tutors at high schools and middle schools and science lab assistant.

Two high school library media assistants.

Two from district media center.

Six from secretarial support at high schools and district levels.

One technology integration assistant.

Additional staff positions could be cut, pending more discussion, by eliminating fourth-grade EPP; eliminating a second district administrator; eliminating elementary band and strings; reducing elementary art, music, or physical education; eliminating middle school team teaching; closing a middle school; and eliminating all intervention assistance tutors.