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CH-UH Schools Cut 34 Jobs In Cost-Saving Measure

11 employees will lose their jobs as part of a larger cost-saving move to eliminate 24 support staff and 10 administrative positions.

The Cleveland Heights - University Heights School District will cut 34 more positions as part of a larger cost-saving effort for the district. While 10 administrative positions and 24 support staff positions were eliminated Tuesday by the school board, only 11 employees will lose their jobs, said Superintendent Douglas Heuer. The other eliminated positions were vacant because their were open, or the employee was retiring or from contractual bumping. The move comes after the school board laid off 42 teachers in April, a 7 percent cut in the district's teaching staff. The school district has faced declining enrollment for more than a decade. Heuer said that the district has seen its student population drop by 16 percent since 2001. Meanwhile, the teaching staff has increased by 5 percent since 2001, but administrative staff has been slashed by 21 percent and support staff by 6 percent during that time. "Reductions have been made over the years, particularly in the areas of administration and support staff to align our staffing numbers with the needs of the student population being served," Heuer said. The administrative positions cut include: a principal position at Bellefair School, which will close this year, educational service coordinators, technical education coordinator, IT director, building managers, aquatics supervisor and the pathways partnership specialist. School Board President Ron Register said the school board has been searching for ways to save money. "Our feeling as a board is we needed to make some reductions," he said. "Last month I asked administration to look at opportunities to downsize our budget and stay away from the classroom as much as possible." Board members said the cuts were difficult, but said that the plan going forward was sound. Board Member Eric Coble said that reducing costs now saves the taxpayers money, and will reduce the amount needed in any future levy request. "If we tighten our belt now it will lower how much we will ask for later," he said.
Ralph Solonitz May 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Education first...buildings last.
Garry Kanter May 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Isn't the system disengaging from their relationship with Bellefair? --------- "The administrative positions cut include: a principal position at Bellefair School..."
Chris Mazzolini (Editor) May 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM
That's the reason the position is being cut. I'll add that in the story for context.
Garry Kanter May 22, 2013 at 01:00 PM
It's hard to imagine only one position in the district supported Bellefair. They're leaving important aspects of these "cuts" out of their narrative.
Diane DiPiero Rodio May 22, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Declining enrollment for more than a decade, even as the school district has asked for more money from residents. You can be smaller and still be vibrant, and you can do it without over-taxing residents. Hopefully, our city can find a way to make this happen.
Garry Kanter May 22, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Perfectly stated. Thank you!
michaelschwartz May 22, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Ralph, that is the way it should be but in Cleveland Heights its the exact opposite.
michaelschwartz May 22, 2013 at 03:41 PM
It is not an unreasonable question to ask why if enrollment has dropped by 16% in last few years, as to why the budget in general has not dropped by an equal amount. We all know the answer, and that is the school system has outrageous salaries and benefits that must be maintained or even bettered while their constituents are forced to live in foreclosureville with declining home prices yet high property taxes. Some things never change.
fred weiser May 23, 2013 at 02:11 AM
There is nothing I need to add here,except not enough buildings have been closed or sold off. When you have a declining enrollment picture it needs to be addressed proactively. High real estate taxes keep young families from considering the heights. The will go some place else.
fred weiser May 23, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Anyone know what CONTRACTUAL bumping is?
fred weiser May 23, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Sounds like people just got moved around without any real cost reductions.
Diane Hallum May 24, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I suggest the BOE look at how Mayfield Heights, if I remember correctly, can do SOOO Well in its test scores with a Much Smaller cost-per-student level [this idea comes to me from community summaries one of the local papers, Sun or PD, ran at least last year that listed number of students, tax levels, educational costs, school scores, property values, etc]. Obviously, that school system is more efficient and appropriately focused.
Michael's Shorts May 25, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Perhaps by attracting a less diverse, wealthier student body, CH-UH could "succeed" like Mayfield by spending less money?
Michael's Shorts May 25, 2013 at 11:56 PM
How about mandates for special education (which have increased significantly since the passage of No Child Left Behind)?
Patricia McParland May 26, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I hate that the elementary library program has been eliminated from CHUH. In my opinion, this is a huge a mistake. I think the new configuration could have left some professionals paired with ancillaries to continue a viable program for the same money.
Garry Kanter May 26, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Well that's the thing the BOE and admin never take the time to explain... We have just about the highest taxes, and just about the highest per-student spending... but they *never* break out how that $ is spent. There may be lots of valid, important things going on. I'm sure there are. But they just can't be bothered to explain to the citizen/parent/taxpayer where all that $ is going. Instead, I *know* from first-hand experience (the Meadowbrook-Lee tax $4 MILLION tax abatement vote), that the BOE is happy to vote as per the treasurer's and superintendent's recommendations. Which doesn't really require any data in an analyzable format, does it? Since they don't need it, it doesn't get put together. Shtuff's gotta change. And BOE President Register's, Past BOE President Jones' and BOE Member Zucker's terms expire this year.

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