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Urbana City Schools face cuts (Audio included)

The Urbana City School Board discussed a levy failure during a meeting Tuesday.

The board reported that with the failure of the 5.5 mills additional levy on November 6th, the district will be facing a one-million dollar deficit by July 2014. The deficit means that cuts will have to be made. The board is currently taking in information from the community and looking at what choices have to be made to make the necessary cuts.

The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Urbana Association of Classroom Teacher concerning the head girls' golf coach. The agreement solidified who the coach was because the golf season was already in progress when the position was added. Bart deNijs is the head girls' golf coach.

The board passed a resolution recognizing the career of Judge Robert Duncan. He was a proud Urbana alum and was recognized in 2011 as the first distinguished alumni award recipient. The board wanted to recognize him once again after his passing. Duncan was the first African-American elected to the bench in Franklin County, to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and to be appointed a U.S. District Court judge in Ohio.

A change was made to the superintendent and treasurer contracts. The board will now fund only 85 percent of the positions' health care instead of fully funding their coverage.

Tyler Thinnes, a senior DECA student, was recognized for finishing 2nd in a speaking competition and the World Dairy Expo Team was recognized for finishing 2nd from a field of 81-team.

Superintendent Charles Thiel comments on the levy and meeting.

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