Local school district might have to cut about 180 jobs

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Budget problems might force Akron School District to cut as many as 180 jobs, including the jobs of 132 teachers.

How many jobs would be eliminated depend on several factors including how many workers retire and whether the district works out any deals with the district's union to give workers incentives to retire early.

The job cuts are part of a five-year budget plan approved by the district.

The district currently has about 2,200 teachers.

Union leaders say members are not only worried about losing their jobs, but being moved to other schools.

School leaders say that the $11 million in cuts are necessary because of higher expenses along with losses from state funding cuts and decreased enrollment.

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