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Cleveland schools cut one-third of security staff

By admin Published: December 2, 2011

CLEVELAND: Nearly a third of the security officers at one of Ohio’s largest school districts have been laid off because of budget cuts.

The Plain Dealer reports the Cleveland school district on Thursday laid off 75 safety and security guards as part of $13.2 million in budget cuts the school board approved in October.

The cuts primarily affect part-time officers. The full-time security workforce remains mostly intact.

The district also won’t fill 18 vacant security positions.

District spokeswoman Roseann Canfora tells the newspaper the district will have at least one officer at every school covering kindergarten through eighth grade and will have an average of five officers in high schools.

She says the schools take other steps to protect students, including requiring identification badges and using metal detectors.

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