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Youngstown schools plan to chop 18 positions



Published: Thu, March 11, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By HAROLD GWIN

gwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Eliminating four administrative positions and not replacing 14 retiring teachers will help the city school district trim $1.5 million more in spending next fiscal year.

Superintendent Wendy Webb outlined the district’s proposal to cut spending for 2010-11 Wednesday for the state financial oversight commission controlling Youngs-town’s spending as the district seeks to recover from fiscal emergency.

She declined to identify the administrative cuts by name or by title, saying employees haven’t been informed of the impending changes yet. Four positions will be eliminated and two other administrators who are retiring will be replaced by people lower on the pay scale, she said.

Youngstown has trimmed $32 million in spending and cut about 450 jobs over the last three years. The state placed the district under fiscal emergency in November 2006 after the general fund began running a deficit.

Roger Nehls, commission chairman, said the district’s proposal for an additional $1.5 million in cuts is, “a good start. This is a demonstration that the district continues to look at right-sizing.”

Still, Nehls had another area of potential cutbacks that he wants the district to look at more closely. Youngstown, which essentially has all new or refurbished classroom buildings as a result of a $190 million rebuilding program, appears to have more carpenters and painters than it needs, he said, suggesting that four full-time carpenters and three full-time painters may be too many.

He also said the commission wants to see the district’s custodial staffing numbers before it votes on the cuts for next year.

Webb said the district will continue to monitor and look for other spending reductions.

PROPOSED YOUNGSTOWN SCHOOL CUTSLS CUTS

A breakdown of the proposed 2010-11 cuts shows:

• $860,000: 14 retiring teachers won’t be replaced.

• $367,860: Four administrative posts will be eliminated and two retiring administrators will be replaced by people lower on the pay scale.

• $212,752: Eight substitute laborer positions will be eliminated.

• $66,000: Utility cost savings resulting from closing the old Alpha school and moving students into the new Wilson building.

• $30,000: Savings on a renegotiated heating, ventilating and air conditioning contract.


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