State sets first finance meeting with Niles schools

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The Ohio Department of Education will hold their first regular meeting with Niles schools officials in April. 

The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission will consist of the following members: 

– Robert Foss, a designee for the superintendent of public instruction
– Barb Mattei-Smith, a designee for the director of budget management
Father John-Michael Lavelle, Governor Mike Dewine’s designee
– Bob Swauger, mayor’s appointee
– Giovanne Merlo, superintendent’s appointee

The Auditor of State placed Niles City School District into fiscal emergency on February 26.

Since then, school officials have worked to identify cost-saving measures.

Several school levies have failed in the district which school official say is a contributing factor to the budget problems.

The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. April 1 at the Niles Schools’ administration building on N. Rhodes Avenue.

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