Akron Board of Education Approves Drastic Cuts

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AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Board of Education approved drastic cuts at its meeting on Monday, resulting in the elimination of about 200 positions plus reductions in equipment, supplies and services.

According to a news release from the Akron Public Schools, the move was made in attempt to balance the budget for fiscal year 2013, and should save an estimated $18 million.

Among the positions on the chopping block are 139 teachers, 23 secretaries/clerical support, 21 custodial/maintenance, 15 administrators/supervisors and 4 instructional support staff.

“With the daunting task of erasing a $22 million budget deficit, we’ve sought recommendations from our staff and community,” said Superintendent David W. James.

But Monday’s cuts were just the beginning, and the district plans to hold several more rounds of cuts in the coming months.

“We will continue to seek out further reductions based on the latest information regarding declines in revenue based on lower commercial property valuations and collection rates, which could result in another $2 million shortfall, bringing the total amount to $24 million,” James said.