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Cuyahoga Falls High School students are demonstrating in front of the high school today to protest layoff notifications that were delivered to teachers on Monday.
District Superintendent Todd Nichols proposed the reduction in force of 24 teachers as part of a plan to cut approximately $2 million from the 2017-18 budget. The Board of Education is planning to vote on Nichols' recommendations on June 7.
Nichols' plan is to eliminate by the start of the next school year four certified positions in the elementary schools, 12 in the middle schools and eight at the high school for a total savings of $1.39 million. He also proposes making $426,922 in cuts to classified staff and supplemental contracts, among other measures.
“Administration and union leadership have been working on this most unfortunate situation for weeks,” according to a prepared joint statement from the district administration and the Cuyahoga Falls Education Association posted on the district's Facebook page Monday afternoon. “After discussing the situation with teachers, they wanted to know as soon as possible. [Monday] was the first day, after the evaluation process, that they could be notified.”