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Nordonia Hills will cut 54 jobs

By John Published: March 3, 2011

Northfield, Ohio…Fifty-four (54) jobs will be eliminated from the Nordonia Hills City School District as a result of the district's looming $2.9 million deficit.  The gap could grow or shrink depending on the state budget approved by the General Assembly and the governor. Across the state, districts are scrambling to come up with reductions to make up for declining tax revenues, a loss of federal stimulus money and state budget proposals that cut billions from education.

Superintendent Wayne Blankenship said, ''Discussions with the district's union leaders have taken place, making it clear the cuts are by positions, not people. We will let individuals know of the reductions by April 1, 2011.''


According to the district's press release, 10 teachers will lose their job, even if  voters approve the 6.5 mill levy  on the May 3 ballot.

Rest of the press release with details of cuts after the jump

 Superintendent Wayne Blankenship said, ''Discussions with the district's union leaders have taken place, making it clear the cuts are by positions, not people. We will let individuals know of the reductions by April 1, 2011.''

Blankenship said, ''Even if the 6.5-mill, operating levy passes on May 3, close to $1 million in permanent reductions will still need to be made.  We are unclear how much we will be hurt with impending reductions to the budget from the State of Ohio.  There is uncertainty and volatility surrounding the amount that school districts will receive in state funding.  We are hearing that amount could be a reduction in revenue from 8-20%.''  The levy is expected to bring in $6.5 million annually.

District to make close to $1 million dollars in permanent reductions

The Board of Education, along with the district treasurer and superintendent, is carefully monitoring the financial health of the district.  It was cited in the December 2008 district newsletter by the treasurer, ''We will continue to do our best in attempting to stretch the dollars even further; the new time for revenue is drawing near.''

The reductions began in early 2009, with the early retirement incentive of 31 staff members, reduction of building/department budget , participation in school purchasing consortiums, expanded use of online textbooks, and the sale of used textbooks. 

The reductions continued in 2010 with additional reductions to building/department budgets, reduction of 6 teaching positions, elimination of transportation coordinator, reduction in counselor services, reduction in custodial positions, reduction in transportation to state minimums, reduction in library services, elimination of all board paid classroom field trips, elimination of high school dean of students, and reduction in cafeteria positions.  In addition, administrators and teachers took pay freezes and the closing of all K-6 buildings to outside use at the end of the school day.

The following $1 million dollars in reductions will be made EVEN with a levy passage:

Teaching Staff




    • Elimination of 10 teachers

    • Elimination of foreign language at Nordonia Middle School

    • Elimination of family and consumer science at Nordonia Middle School

    • Elimination of industrial technology (Tech Education) at Nordonia Middle School

    • Elimination of 4th grade teacher at Ledgeview Elementary

    • Elimination of reading teacher at Ledgeview Elementary

    • Elimination of special education (intervention specialist) teacher at Lee Eaton

    • Elimination of district technology teacher

    • Elimination of one German teacher with phase-out of German at Nordonia High School




 

  • Non-Teaching Staff

    • Reduction in hours for office educational assistants at Ledgeview, Northfield, and Rushwood Elementary Schools

    • Elimination of 4 study hall monitors at Nordonia Middle School

    • Elimination of 1 security monitor at Nordonia Middle School




 

  • Administrative

    • Administrative pay freeze 2010-11 and  2011-12

    • Increased employee contribution for benefits

    • Elimination of 1 technology specialist




 

  • Extracurricular Activities

    • Elimination of middle school girls' and boys' soccer

    • Elimination of middle school spelling bee

    • Elimination of middle school newspaper

    • Elimination of all K-4 elementary student councils

    • Elimination of evening high school library for students




 

District plans for additional $2.9 million in reductions

without a levy passage on May 3, 2011

 Without new money, a levy passage on May 3, 2011, the Nordonia Hills City School District will be faced with a $2.9 million dollar deficit.  School districts are not permitted by law to operate in a deficit.

 The following reductions will be made without a levy passage on May 3, 2011: 

 Teaching Staff




    • Elimination of 28 teachers

    • Increased class sizes K-12

    • Reduction in elective course offerings at Nordonia Middle School and Nordonia High School

    • Reduction in foreign language offerings at Nordonia High School

    • Elimination of Valley Voyages social studies course at Nordonia High School

    • Reduction in art for students in grades K-4

    • Elimination of gifted services K-8

    • Elimination of K-6 team leaders

    • Elimination of class advisors, grades 9-11 at Nordonia High School




  Non-Teaching Staff

  • Elimination of 2 lunch aides at Lee Eaton

  • Reduction in high school guidance office support services

  • Reduction of  5 study hall monitors at Nordonia High School

  • Reduction of 2 lunch aides at Nordonia High School

  • Elimination of Nordonia Middle School and Nordonia High School bookstores


Administrative



    • Elimination of Lee Eaton Associate Principal

    • Elimination of 26 contracted days from public relations position




Extracurricular Activities



    • Elimination of student council at Lee Eaton

    • Elimination of evening choir programs at Lee Eaton




Increased student participation fees will be implemented to cover the cost of the programs. 

In addition, the following programs will be eliminated without a minimum number of student participants: 


  •  High School Pep Band

  •  High School Academic Challenge

  • High School Computer Club

  • High School Mock Trial

  • High School Science Olympiad

  • High School Newspaper

  • High School Teen Institute

  • Middle School Teen Institute

  • Middle School Science Olympiad

  • Middle School Drama

  • Middle School Power of the Pen

  • Middle School Student Council

  • Middle School Yearbook


Athletics



    • Increased Pay-to-Participate Fees for 2011-12 school year

    • Elimination of freshman volleyball, freshman boys' basketball, freshman girls' basketball, freshman winter cheerleading, fall weightlifting, winter weightlifting, spring weightlifting, freshman baseball, and freshman softball.




  • Reduction of middle school sports teams. Only offering one combined team per sport for middle school girls' basketball, boys' basketball, football, and volleyball.

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