Akron Public Schools eliminate dozens of jobs after three school closures

AKRON, Ohio - Akron Public Schools announced dozens of faculty positions would be eliminated during Monday's board meeting.

The Akron Board of Education approved staff reductions for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

Closures of Kenmore High School, Kent Middle School and Bettes Elementary along with the continued effort to operate in a fiscally responsible way led to the reduction in school staff.

The Akron Public School District already made reductions through retirements, promotions and resignations.

The areas include:

  • Three administrative positions
  • Thirty-one teaching positions
  • Thirty-five tutor positions
  • Five office support positions
  • Thirteen custodial services positions
  • Three full-time, hearing impaired interpreter positions
  • Three part-time, hearing impaired interpreter positions

At Monday's board meeting, Superintendent David W. James gave reasons for the reductions.

 

“We must continue to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.  In the end, that is what necessitates this eventuality for Akron Public Schools.  It is most unfortunate that we must let go of outstanding educators and staff due to our economic position.  My hope is that staff will be recalled to vacancies that occur to enable them to continue their service to our students and families.”

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