Drastic changes to Garfield Heights Schools now in effect

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Drastic changes to the Garfield Heights Schools are now in effect.

According to the district, the financial situation remains bleak due to another failed levy.

Over the past several years, the district has eliminated more than $4 million from the district's operating budget resulting in the loss of many teachers and educational opportunities for students.

With no new funding in sight, the District was forced to make drastic changes in the school day structure. In order to focus more time and teachers on teaching reading and mathematics, the elementary music, art, physical education, and library programs in kindergarten through grade 5 will be eliminated. Those same programs will be greatly reduced in the middle school.

New school times are listed below:

Elmwood and William Foster Elementary        8:10 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Morning Kindergarten & Preschool                  8:10 a.m. - 10:50a.m.

Afternoon Kindergarten & Preschool             11:00 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Maple Leaf Intermediate                                 7:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Middle School                                                  7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

High School                                                     7:42 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

With the shortened school day, students who qualify for a free lunch in grades K-8 will be provided a bagged lunch upon dismissal from school. All other students will have the opportunity to purchase a bagged lunch. There will be no change in the lunch schedule at the high school at this time. The breakfast program will stay the same in all buildings for the remainder of this school year.  

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