Euclid City Schools earmarks 17 teaching positions that will be cut after levy failure

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EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) – Euclid City Schools emergency funding levy failed in Tuesday’s primary. 

52% of people voted down the levy, just 216 more than those who were for it. 

However, the district superintendent says 800 ballot requests could be arriving late.

Ballots had to be postmarked by April 27.

Both the district’s 2018 and 2019 levies failed. 

The school board voted in December to put the levy on the ballot for the March primary.

If it had passed, it would have cost an owner of a $75,000 home an additional $19.03 a month.

The 10-year property tax levy would have provided $5.6 million in funding.

Superintendent Christopher Papouras says the district has outlined a budget for the 2020-2021 school year without the funding that will be discussed at the May 4th school board meeting. 

The additional cuts include cutting 17 additional teaching positions.

This is on top of the 10 teaching cuts the district made last year.

The district will also look to cut an administrative position and look at other restructuring possibilities.

The board is also offering retirement incentives and reducing school tutor positions.

The district cut art, music, and athletics for the 2019-2020 school year and is also running on a state minimum transportation requirement.

“No matter what happens when the count on Issue 27 is final, we are committed to ensuring our schools can provide the educational opportunities Euclid’s children need for future success,” Superintendent Papouras said in a statement.

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