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Euclid City Schools makes numerous staff cuts, program changes to meet budget

Euclid Board of Education
Posted at 12:05 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 12:05:21-04

EUCLID, Ohio — After failing a renewal levy in 2018 and an emergency levy in 2019, Euclid City Schools Board of Education has approved cuts to staff and programs to meet budget constraints, according to the district.

Euclid City Schools had made 23 staff cuts at the start of the 2019-2020 and on Wednesday, it approved more.

The following reductions were approved by the Euclid City Schools Board of Education:

  • Eight elementary school teaching positions
  • 14 elementary school tutor positions
  • Five Central Middle School teaching positions
  • Four Euclid High School teaching positions
  • Elementary Dean of Student position
  • 2.5 high school career tech education programs to be replaced with new career tech programs

In addition to these cuts, the school board said within the next month it will consider other administrative changes, including restructuring, to meet the budget.

The Euclid City Schools Board of Education will also offer a one-time retirement incentive upon 10 full-time teacher retirements, which would result in around $300,000 savings to the district’s general fund for each of the next five years, the board said.

“Identifying the new cuts that will occur for the 2020-2021 school year has been, once again, a grueling process for the board, our leadership team, and our employees,” Board President Donna Sudar said. “All of our staff and the programs they support are part of student success. We certainly value all of our caring and professional staff. This is one of the most challenging duties we have as board members.”

The cuts made at the beginning of the school year included a reduction of 10 teaching positions, five administrative positions and eight “classified positions.”

Transportation services were decreased and all employees in the district agreed to a wage freeze, the board said.

Music at the elementary level, art at the middle schools and some district-wide athletic programs had also been cut prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The additional cuts announced Wednesday will take effect for the 2020-2021 school year, the school board said.