Parma schools no closer to correct answer, gets extension

Parma schools no closer to correct answer, gets extension

PARMA, OH (WOIO) - Nothing new was presented at Monday night's Parma City School District Board meeting, and no further conversation was had by board members as to what they should do to fill in a $15 million hole they have over the next two years.

You'll remember last week the Parma School Board President, Kathleen Petro up and resigned, which meant Monday night they had to swear in the Vice President, Lynn Halloran, as the new temporary president.

From there it was routine business.Nothing like last week when hundreds of students showed up to protest the Fiscal Recovery Plan that included closing Normandy and Valley Forge High Schools and send all the kids to Parma High. Also, closing several elementary and middle schools and laying off some 70 teachers mid-year.

Monday night just one student addressed the board with his message.

" am a 5th grader Hillside Middle School," Nathan Garcia read from his piece of paper. "I do not want to go back to elementary school next year. I love Hillside. Also please save STEM for my 5 year-old brother Josh because he likes to build things. Thank you."

The School Board had an Oct. 17 deadline to get a recovery plan to the Ohio Department of Education, but they've been given a couple more weeks. New deadline is Nov. 1.

So when are they going to sit down again and find some way to save $7 million this year, and $8 million next year? We've been told there is a closed meeting on Wednesday to hammer out some more ideas.

The Parma Teachers Union President Jeff Wensing says they are being invited to sit at the table since teacher's jobs could be at stake.

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