Wednesday, December 7, 2011
You heard from the district. Now we want to hear what you think about the possible school cuts
Almost 200 parents and community members came to the public forum Tuesday night to hear what options the Twinsburg City School District was looking at to shave $6 million off next year's budget. There are many options to be examined by the district including: What are your thoughts. Take our poll and tell us what you think in our comments section below.
The layoffs or any other cost saving measures won't be final until next year.
Keeping the Twinsburg City School District financially sound could mean cutting about 70 (combined certified and classified) staff members, busing and implementing pay-to-participate, said Superintendent Kathryn Powers at a public forum on Tuesday. The forum was held to inform taxpayers about the district's financial situation and of possible cuts that could be made. The purpose was also to get input from residents about what programs they think could stay or go. Close to 200 people came, and it's safe to say that no one was excited about the potential district changes. The district is spending more than its earning, Powers said, which means it is deficit spending by approximately $5.2 million. The district is looking to make up that money…
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Board Member David Andrews addressed the issues in Senate Bill 5 at Wednesday night's meeting
School Board member David Andrews said he believed Senate Bill 5 was “painful but necessary” as he addressed the public at Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Andrews portioned out SB5 and how it would impact the district, making it clear that many comments were in his opinion and that there could still be changes to the bill. He started by fleshing out the details of what SB5 would do, first by discussing health care. The average premium for employees sits at $1,500 for family coverage and $600 for single employees monthly. Full-time employees pay six percent of that premium. SB5 would up that to 15 percent, saving the district $400,000 a year. It would also eliminate yearly pay increases, known as STEP increases. Typically, …