Parma students planning peaceful protest in light of budget crisis

PARMA, Ohio -- A peaceful protest for Parma City Schools students is expected to take place Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

The protest is expected to take place before a special board meeting set for 5:30 p.m. at the Parma Senior High School Auditorium, where parents, students and families are urged to attend to voice their concerns.

The Ohio Department of Education has placed the district under fiscal caution status and said the changes are necessary to keep the state from coming in and taking over.

In order to balance the budget, they need $7 million in cuts for fiscal year 2017 and another $8 million for fiscal year 2018.

Proposed building changes include reducing to one high school, located at the Parma City High School building, and two junior highs inside the current Valley Forge and Normandy High Schools.

How the district got into this situation is unclear.

Some board members point to the previous administration and state auditor's office.

The superintendent originally thought they had a surplus, but learned in May they were actually facing a budget crisis.

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