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Austintown school board reinstates teaching positions

Published: Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Kristine Gill



Five teaching positions will be reinstated because of an increase in open-enrollment students.

The five positions were cut at the last school board meeting April 25.

Superintendent Vince Colaluca said the increase in open-enrollment students will allow the district to continue to employ the five teachers at a salary of about $50,000 each.

Last year, Austintown schools accepted 350 open-enrollment students. Applications have been approved for about 100 more students next school year. Colaluca said the district receives $57,000 in funding for every 10 students it accepts through open enrollment.

The board also approved the reinstatement of four bus-driving positions eliminated at the last board meeting as part of cuts in response to the new state budget.

“We’re losing money with the state budget,” Colaluca told board members. “This month gave us some time to look at enrollment numbers and retirements, and the biggest part impacting the budget is open-enrollment students being brought into the district. We’re bringing in more students and can bring back positions.”

Board members recognized 29 local businesses and service organizations for their support of the school district, including The Vindicator. Representatives from each were presented with a certificate through the Ohio School Boards Association 2011 Business Honor Roll.

Board President Kathy Mock thanked all of them for their support.

All board members encouraged high school students to be safe at prom Friday and during their coming graduation celebrations.

The next school board meeting will be at 5 p.m. June 20 at Austintown Middle School.


1paulparks(235 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Let's see... 5 teachers...@$50,000, with $570,000 coming in... equals $114,000 cost per teacher! Wow! Remember the raises, perks and bennies when the school district comes to the taxpayers for a levy! Thanks, Vindicator, for all the internal information on local school districts.

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2FrankDavis(35 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

where is your $114,000 number coming from?

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3paulparks(235 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

District gets $57,000 for every 10 students = 5700/student. 100 are coming into the district through open enrollment at $5700 a piece = 570K/5 teachers = 114K.

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4jar0414(6 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

So you're claiming that the only cost involved with having more students is the cost of the teachers? Really? You may want to re-think that one. That is an extremely simplistic view.

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5FrankDavis(35 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Consider the source. Paul doesn't understand that the majority of the money from open enrollment students goes to the general fund. 5 teachers at $50k sounds high for teachers at the bottom of the rif list...maybe the vindy *GASP* doesn't have their facts straight. Operating costs to keep the school up and running (water, electric, paper, testing, special ed services, cafeteria food/workers, maintenance, etc.) also come out of the general fund...

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6AtownParent(565 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

80% of the general fund goes to salaries/benefits etc. for employees (not just teachers, either).

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7AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

114,000 per teacher????

Remember their is also other costs besides just salary. benifits must be paid also. The bus drivers are not free, nor is the bus or gas to run it.

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8UNCOMMONSENSE(622 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

350 open enrollment students.

$57K per 10 students = $1,995,000.00 (35 times $57K)

5 teachers at $50K = $250,000.00

Gross profit = $1,745,000.00

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9jar0414(6 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Reading comprehension is pretty important.

"Applications have been approved for about 100 more students next school year."

So those 5 teachers are for the additional students not the 350 total from open enrollment.

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10AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Its all in how one wants to do their math.
Lies. Darn lies. Statistics.

More students equals more teachers, more busing, more classes.

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11AtownParent(565 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

They had to clean up the land first and file the appropriate paperwork with the EPA before anyone would want that land. I believe they just finished all that up.

There is way you could say 5 teachers are for those 100 students because the students are for all grade levels.

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12paulparks(235 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

We're all just shooting in the dark on guessing "ACTUAL cost per teacher." The BOE did not provide precise numbers on "teacher cost" yet to the Vindicator. We all know it's a whole lot more than 50K. FYI - until the Vindicator gets to publishing: (1) salaries, (2) salary increases,and (3) % contributions to health premiums and retirement, etc., the best source of salary and retirement information for teachers is buckeyeinstitute.org

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13Education_Voter(1153 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

That is partially true. But I see mistakes on that site, including names of individuals who retired (not retire-rehire).
Also the projected social security for a lifetime is incorrect. But then again, how do you project the lifetime of anyone?
The June 21st doomsday predictors would like to know.

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14wksb50(32 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

cut back. not rehire just because a little bit more money is coming because of open enrollment. think think think people are sick of levies.

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