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UPDATE: Budget cuts force elimination of jobs at Forest Hills

FOREST HILLS, OH (FOX19) -

UPDATE: The Forest Hills school board voted Monday night to eliminate 53 positions in the district, including teachers.

That's about a 4.66 percent reduction in staff.

Also during the meeting, the district voted to double pay to participate feeds for extra-cirricular activities.

School board president Julie Bissinger almost cried after the vote, and superintendent John Patzwald says it's a time to be strong.

District leaders say they will come to voters again about another levy.


PREVIOUSLY:

Major cuts could be on the way for Forest Hills Schools.

The board of education here at Forest Hills will meet at 7 p.m. Monday night. They will look for ways to cut $2 million from the budget after voters rejected a levy.

The district's considering layoffs for 51 employees, including 22 teachers. That move would increase class size and cut back foreign languages and on one-on-one time with students.

Forest Hills has 7,500 students and is rated excellent with distinction, the state's highest ranking.

Earlier this month, voters rejected a $6.9 mill operating levy, by a margin of 55 to 45 percent. The latest cuts are in addition to $12 million over four years the board already approved in December. That impacted buildings and supplies.

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