August 27, 2014

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Midview students walk out during basketball game, urge voters to support district levy

EATON TWP. — Sometimes you don’t even need to say a word to get your message across.

Midview High School students got up en masse and silently left the gymnasium shortly before halftime during Tuesday night’s basketball game with Elyria Catholic.

Molly Albright was among the students holding a banner stating, “This is what we will lose if the levy doesn’t pass.”

She said the demonstration was designed to show solidarity in the face of budget cuts that are expected to eliminate sports at Midview if a 9.75-mill levy doesn’t pass in February or May.

“We just want to get people’s attention,” said Molly, the daughter of Bill Albright, longtime Midview football coach and biology teacher.

Molly said students, including Kaysy Heyde, who helped Molly hold the banner, are becoming involved in the district’s Compass Committee and hope to convince voters the importance of preserving sports, extracurricular activities and a full school day with a wide selection of classes and electives.

Midview Superintendent John Kuhn, who attended the game, said sports “are definitely on the list for the school board to review.”

Kuhn is expected to distribute his list of $2.3 million in recommended cuts to the school board several days before the next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in the cafeteria at West Elementary School.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.