Hundreds of CMSD teachers set to be laid-off will keep their jobs
August 18, 2011 at 11:46 PM EST - Updated June 25 at 4:03 AM
19 Action News has learned 363 teachers who were laid off and then recalled may not be laid off again as originally planned.
The Cleveland School Board announced Tuesday night they will possibly keep all 363 of them for the entire school year.
But while these teachers will keep their jobs, the school board says they still have to make cuts.
So where will those cuts be made? We still don't know.
You may recall, in mid-August the Board of Education of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District took action to approve CEO Eric Gordon's recommendation to lay off nearly 350 teachers. The action enabled the District to align its teaching staff with 2011 student enrollment and maintain its commitment to a balanced budget through June 30, 2013.
In an effort to maintain fiscal sustainability for two years, the District eliminated over 1000 positions in 2011, closed schools and reduced expenditures. In addition, the District central office employees and one of its eight unions agreed to salary reductions and increased share of insurance contributions. Without wage and benefit modifications, the District is unable to maintain its two-year budget commitments without laying off teachers recently recalled to the classroom.
"We now have a 30 day window of opportunity to put the District in the best position to move forward," said Gordon. "As we assess enrollment and staffing, we will continue our work at the bargaining table to secure the flexibility needed to save jobs and sustain a balanced budget for two years."