CMSD Proposes Cuts to Reduce Budget Deficit

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is considering laying off teachers as one of several ways to reduce its $66 million deficit.

At least 600 teacher and 50 staff member positions are at stake under the proposed cuts, as well as implementing an employee separation incentive program. Selling district owned buildings no longer needed is also under consideration.

CMSD CEO Eric Gordon says the cuts are necessary in order for the district to meet legal requirements and avoid the deficit. So far CMSD has shaved $117 million from its budget to meet requirements in the last two years.

Other options under consideration are reducing the number of specialty subjects offered such as art, music, physical education, library and media. Grades kindergarten through 8th will have their school days shortened by 50 minutes.

All of these options will be discussed at the school board’s next meeting on April 17.

The district addresses concerns in a letter to parents and guardians here.