42 Teachers Cut in Cleveland Heights

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board Tuesday night approved the lay-offs of 42 members of its teaching staff.

According to a release from the district, it’s part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs and bring expenditures into line with the educational needs of the district.

The reduction represents three percent of the district’s teaching staff, and positions include intervention specialists, permanent substitutes and teachers in grades 1, 2,3 and 5.

“These are very difficult but, unfortunately, necessary decisions,” Superintendent Douglas Heuer said in a release. “To be fiscally responsible, we need to ensure that our expenses are in line with our needs.”

According to the release, the district’s student population has decreased by 16 percent since 2001. Over that same time span, the district reduced administrative staff by 21 percent and support staff by six percent.

However, teaching staff was increased by five percent.

Much of the increase was related to the number of special education and high-risk students, said officials, but still needs to be brought into line with current needs.

 

“Most importantly, parents should know that these staff reductions will not necessitate reductions in our academic programs,” said Heuer.

The board will consider administrative and support staff cuts at their May 21 work session.

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