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Howland schools discuss their financial distress with the community

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HOWLAND, Ohio - A Trumbull County school district in financial distress invited the community to learn more about their current situation.

Howland school officials say they've lost about $2 million dollars in state funding since 2011.

The district has cut nearly 40 staff members over the last three years and has recently considered closing one of their elementary schools as another cost saving measure.

"Financially, if we continue to spiral downwards, we can't grow the district and we can't provide the resources we need for learning. We need technology, we need up-to-date text books, we need other programming. We need those kinds of things to continue to be an excellent school system," said Howland superintendent John Sheets.

A levy has been placed on the May ballot. If passed, the levy would generate $2 million dollars annually.

The district has postponed talks of closing an elementary school. The superintendent says a future decision regarding the school will not be dependent on the passage of the levy.

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