School District May Cut 78 Jobs To Save $7 Million

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - School officials have proposed cutting about 70 teaching and eight administrative jobs to save nearly $7 million next year.

The proposed cuts would include 31 elementary, 33 high school and six special education teachers.

The result would be a cut of 8.2 percent of the current teacher staff, 12.7 percent of administration and 1.7 percent of other staff.

Superintendent Delores Morgan will make a final recommendation March 7. The school board will not vote on the cuts until June, according to board President Raul Ramos.

The proposed cuts come after voters approved a $41 million bond issue in November as the local share of a $216 million state project to rebuild and renovate schools.

School board members and district officials have said they don't want to ask voters for more money for several years.

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