Parma parents brace for teacher staffing cuts

Parents express concerns at school board meeting
Posted at 11:22 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 00:00:13-04

Parma parents expressed concerns over possible teacher layoffs at the district's school board meeting Monday.

The meeting comes less than a week after residents voted down a critical school levy by a 60 percent - 40 percent margin on just a 20 percent voter turnout.

Parma Schools Superintendent Carl Hilling confirmed some teachers were sent warning notices that they could soon be laid-off, but so far no official decision has been made.

Hilling said the school board could make a decision on layoffs as early as its May 22 meeting and the potential staffing cuts are part of an annual process.

But residents are hoping the Parma School District will find other ways to keep the embattled district within its $143 million budget.

Residents asked the board if it would consider making cuts or salary reductions in administration first.

It's still not clear if the district will make another attempt at a levy in November.