Spurned districts vow cuts

May 5, 2011

Two area school districts plan major cutbacks after they lost referendums on Tuesday. Voters in Franklin Township and in Avon rejected their districts' requests for more funding by raising property taxes. Franklin Township Superintendent Walter Bourke said the district will eliminate all general education transportation, which means no more bus rides for most of the district's nearly 9,000 students. About 80 jobs will be cut, including about 60 teachers. In Avon, Superintendent Tim Ogle said the district will cut teachers and look at adding usage fees for extracurricular activities.