Sandusky to cut 13.5 teacher jobs

SANDUSKY Sandusky schools are seeing the first results of its failed levy. Superinten
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Sandusky schools are seeing the first results of its failed levy.

Superintendent Bill Pahl said the district is recommending cutting 13.5 teaching positions in order to save money.

"It's unfortunate that the levy didn't pass," Pahl said Wednesday. "As a result of that, we're going to have to cut a million dollars out of our budget for next year. The majority of our budget is staff costs."

Pahl said if the board approves all of the recommended reductions, it will be the only time the district has reduced so many positions without a school building being closed.

The letter notifying Sandusky Education Association President Brian Nitschke gave only a list of positions recommended for reduction, it did not include teacher names.

"The process is called reduction-in-force, but for the teachers, it's a very big deal," Nitschke said.

The suggested cuts will come from a variety of subjects including three music teachers, two kindergarten teachers, science, English and social studies teachers.

The district is also recommending adding two new positions next year for fifth grade and special needs, making the total number of reduced positions 11.5, if all changes are approved.

Nitschke said he hopes there are still some ways to save staff members.

"There is still some chance that things might be tweaked," he said. "We need some clarification."

Pahl said the cuts would not eliminate any programs.

The school board will vote on the reductions during the board meeting at 8 a.m. June 29 at the Board of Education building, 407 Decatur St.

Teachers that might be affected were notified Wednesday about the positions recommended for reduction.