UPDATE: Budget cuts force elimination of jobs at Forest Hills


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.


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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