Cleveland: School budget cuts before Issue 107

7:05 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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We've been giving you depth and perspective on the Cleveland School district's 15-mill levy -- Issue 107.

CMSD CEO Eric Gordon says it wasn't an easy decision to place a levy on the ballot in these tough economic times, so they wanted to find out what the district had done to cut costs before asking for the levy.

Here's what's been done so far.

First, the spending reductions -- Employee wages were cut for 3 straight years. A benefit increase reduced healthcare and retirement costs. Textbook spending was cut in half. The supply budget was chopped 5-10 percent a year for 3 years and 92 jobs were cut from the Central Office staff --everyone from top level administrators to administrative support.

And when that wasn't enough, the cuts moved on to teachers and buildings -- 23 schools have closed since 2009 and over 600 teachers and paraprofessionals have been laid off since 2011.

And with school funding reform tied up in legal and legislative issues for the past decade, it was time to ask for more money.


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