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Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools Announce Layoffs

School Board to present budget cut proposal April 23

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. — The district spokesperson sent this additional comment to Patch:

Superintendent Douglas Heuer said priority will be given to retain the support and management positions that directly impact teaching and learning.

“Reductions in teaching staff numbers will be based upon student enrollment numbers by building and grade level. We will retain the teaching positions necessary to maintain the quality of educational programs. This is a process the district engages in annually," said Heuer.

"Once those numbers have been established, and they will be by April 23, we can move forward to determine the number of support staff and administration necessary for support and management,” Heuer added. “We will also be looking to reduce spending in other areas of operation.”

Original article follows.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools will lay off staff members for the 2013-2014 school year, the district announced.

The school board asked staff at Tuesday's meeting to draft a plan for budget cuts, including staff reductions, and present it at the Board's next work session April 23.

The board must notify its staff by April 30 of any teacher layoffs.

The board cited the state budget plan — and the uncertainty of school funding — for the cuts.

“With the Ohio General Assembly’s apparent unhappiness with the Governor’s budget and education plan, we have no idea what our funding will be over the next 18 months,” stated Scott Gainer, CH-UH chief financial officer. 

“It’s necessary for us to reduce our operating costs as much as possible without significantly impacting the quality of our academic programs,” said CH-UH School Board President Ron Register. “We cannot plan on any additional financial assistance from the State. We are essentially funded by our local tax dollars, and that situation demands that we continue to find areas to reduce costs.”

The district expects to ask for 8.6 mills on the next operating levy in 2014. The current levy, passed in 2011, is for 6.9 mills.

The district also plans to ask for a bond issue to fund the district building restructuring — the Lay Facilities Master Plan — this November.

Bill April 11, 2013 at 02:53 PM
What about the 3 Building Managers for the district making close to $80,000 a year that do absolutely nothing! What are they supposed to be doing? Then I see the High School hired an Aquatics Director or something of the sorts. We need to watch where our money is going in this district. These positions are uncalled for.
Garry Kanter April 11, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Imho, it is the blind leading the blind in that building. I certainly have not interacted with each and every employee at the administration building, but I have interacted with some of the top dogs and the BOE, with the exception of the superintendent. But I'm no fan of his, either. I would exclude Mr. Shergalis from my criticisms. He has been very respectful and forthright with me, something which is absent from the rest of 'em.
K. Rerko April 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM
You dimocrats in Ohio will eat a pain sandwich for electing twice the Manchurian candidate. Enjoy your decrease in wealth, jobs, and freedoms while the Feds grow in wealth and power on the backs of labor. Funny how such educated people can lack common sense and critical thinking skills.
K. Rerko April 14, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Not to mention that is what they tell you it is spent on but if you are an auditor, you would learn they use it for many purposes other than that mentioned. What business could endure with waste and fraud like that in the public school systems. Please just look at Detroit schools for one to know it is happening in your backyard as we speak.
K. Rerko April 14, 2013 at 09:17 PM
What do you expect from non business people making in essence, big business decisions.

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