Cleveland district eliminates another 119 jobs

April 27, 2011
Action follows earlier cut of more than 700 positions

From The Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Cleveland school board has voted to slash its workforce further by cutting 119 non-teaching jobs. The district is laying off 88 secretaries, security officers and other non-teaching employees. In addition, the district has given notice to 17 non-union staff and will not fill 14 vacant positions. The board voted earlier this month to lay off more than 700 teachers union members -- including 643 of 3,600 classroom teachers -- and 68paraprofessionals.

Earlier...from The Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Cleveland school board has voted to lay off 643 teachers and close seven of its 94 schools. The cuts are equal to about 10 percent of the current operating budget. Interim Chief Executive Officer Peter Raskind says his goal is to wipe out a $47.5 deficit forecast for next school year and get the district through 2012-13 without further upheaval. MARCH 2011.....From The Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Cleveland school board will consider laying off 835 employees -- 13 percent of its full-time work force -- and closing seven schools as it claws to get the district on firmer financial ground. Interim Chief Executive Officer Peter Raskind is proposing more than $74 million in cuts--well beyond a $47.5 million deficit forecast for next year. Raskind says his plan will solidify the budget for two years and help come to terms with a decade-long free-fall in the number of students, now about 44,000.

ALSO...from The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Look at all the excess space in Cleveland schools, and you might wonder why the district is considering shutting down only seven buildings. Of 94 district schools, 55 are at least 30 percent under capacity, according to data used in deciding which buildings to close. Enrollment was just one consideration, along with test scores, location, transportation costs and building condition.

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