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Medina schools to lay off 158 workers, including 93 teachers

By John Published: May 5, 2010

John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

Medina City Schools will cut about a fifth of its employees — including about 93 teachers — for the next school year.

''That's significant when you look at those numbers and the percentage of our overall staff,'' said communications coordinator Jeanne Hurt.

Cuts to administrative staff also are expected, she said.

The district informed unions representing teachers and classified employees (bus drivers, custodians and secretaries) in February and March that layoffs were coming because the district needs to save $9.4 million in the coming school year.

That represents nearly 13 percent of the district's operating budget.

In November, district voters overwhelmingly rejected a permanent additional tax for operations that would have begun at 3.9 mills and risen to 11.7 mills in its third year.

The owner of a $100,000 home would have paid an additional $1,233 annually in property taxes by the third year.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services requires employers to give employees 60 days' notice of a plant closing or mass layoff under the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

The department received Medina's WARN notice Monday indicating that 158 employees would lose their jobs.



John Higgins can be reached at 330-996-3792 or jhiggins@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the education blog at http://education.ohio.com/.

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