Cincinnati superintendent salary to be cut in half


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Board of Education says it aims to rehire its superintendent at half her current salary in an effort to close an expected $43 million budget gap.

The board on Monday approved an agreement that says Superintendent Mary Ronan will retire her $189,000-per-year job and be rehired for $99,000 annually through July 2015. The board also approved the layoffs of 40 administrators as it seeks to balance the annual budget that goes into effect mid-year.

Ronan says the layoffs are "painful but necessary" and blames school funding reductions made at the federal, state and local levels.

She says the district has closed schools, eliminated about 1,300 positions and reorganized over the past 10 years but that "other governments have balanced their own budgets on our students' backs."