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$150 pay-to-play fee in Norwalk?

Cary Ashby • Dec 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM

The Norwalk City Schools board of education on Tuesday approved the district's response to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)'s request for a written proposal outlining the plans to eliminate the projected deficit beginning with fiscal year 2014.

In a Nov. 5 letter to Superintendent Dennis Doughty, the ODE said Norwalk's "current five-year forecast projects a negative unreserved fund balance ... exceeding 2 percent of revenue beginning in fiscal year 2014."

Doughty's plan would give Norwalk an anticipated cash balance of slightly less than $3.1 million for fiscal year 2014.

"It's a temporary fix," Doughty said.

Among the proposed changes:

** Adjust athletic participation fee to $150 per high-school sport and $75 per middle-school sport

** Adjust special schedules in grades K-12 and make necessary changes through the elimination of building positions.

The full list of proposed cuts was published in Wednesday's Reflector.

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