Fairview Park cuts one-fourth of its teachers

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio - A suburban Cleveland school district is cutting a quarter of its teachers to save more than $2.5 million.

Parents, students and teachers are protesting the 29 layoffs from elementary schools, the middle school and high school in Fairview Park.

Superintendent Brion Deitsch says that the teachers won't be brought back even if voters pass a tax increase for the school district next month.

The superintendent says the cuts are needed because over the last eight years, the district has lost about 300 students but added 16 teachers. The district says that some of the remaining teachers will now work in both the middle and high schools.

More than 100 high school students protested the cuts on Thursday, holding signs outside the school at the end of the day.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.