Mayors respond to plan to consolidate Parma schools

PARMA, Ohio -- The mayors of Parma and Parma Heights have responded to a plan by the Parma City Schools to consolidate schools.

The city of Parma posted a message from Mayor Tim DeGeeter on its Facebook page:

The city of Parma Heights posted a message from Mayor Michael Byrne on its Facebook page:

On Monday, Superintendent Carl Hilling announced the district was facing a budget shortage. He said $7 million needs to be cut from the budget for fiscal year 2017 and another $8 million for fiscal year 2018.

A financial plan has to be presented to the Ohio Department of Education by October 17, 2016.

The district is under "fiscal caution" status. Hilling said the changes are needed to keep the state from taking over.

Proposed building changes include:

  • 1 High School - Grades 10-12 using the current Parma Senior High.
  • 2 Junior High Schools - Grades 7-9 using the current Valley Forge & Normandy High Schools.
  • 8 Elementary Schools - Grades K-6 using the current Hillside, Shiloh, Greenbriar Middle Schools & Pleasant Valley, Thoreau Park, John Muir, Dentzler and Ridge-Brook Elementary Schools. 1st Step pre-K would move to Greenbriar Annex.
  • Possible building closures or future re-purposes include: Green Valley, Parma Park, Renwood, Hanna, and Pleasant View buildings.

Fifty jobs throughout the district would also be cut.

 To read the full list of the proposed cuts, click here.