CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Woodridge Board of Education voted Tuesday to eliminate 12 jobs, institute a one-year pay freeze and make other changes to cut expenses.

The district has said it needs to trim $1.2 million in spending.

The job cuts include teachers, a librarian, bus driver and instructional assistants.

The district also is combining its Maplewood and Honey Locust preschool programs.

In addition, nearly all staff members, including Superintendent Walter Davis, are taking a salary freeze.

Davis said the board also worked with both unions representing employees in the district — the Woodridge Education Association and OAPSE Local 544 — to roll over contracts another year instead of negotiating them in spring, when the contracts expire.

The district has an 8.19-mill, five-year emergency levy on the May 8 ballot. The levy will not restore the cuts the district recently made.

“This levy will give us what we need to balance budget for five-year forecast,” Davis said.

The levy was on the ballot last November. If it doesn’t pass this time around, it will be back on the ballot this November. If it fails a third time, the district will make further cuts and may be placed in fiscal emergency, Davis said.

“Due to failure of the November levy attempt, a 25 percent cut in funding from the state of Ohio and losses to charter schools, the district still faces a $5.6 million shortfall in 2019,” Davis said.

Woodridge has about 2,000 students.

The school district covers most of Peninsula and parts of Akron and Cuyahoga Falls.