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Not Again!: Job cuts, school closings could be hitting Cleveland Metropolitan Schools

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Metropolitan School District's interim CEO is recommending cutting 835 jobs and closing seven schools to help balance the 2012 budget.

The plan was presented to the school board Tuesday night by Peter Raskind, interim CEO. 

The schools that the CEO proposed to be closed are: Giddings, Genesis at Margaret Ireland, Union, Woodland Hills, Early Childhood Center at Charles Orr, Emile B. DeSauze and Captain Arthur Roth.  Five of those schools are under "academic emergency" status.

The district has to make up a $47.5 million deficit in the 2012 budget.  Raskind said over $4 million in operational and administrational costs would be saved with the closing of the seven schools.

Out of the 835 jobs that would be cut, 650 would be teachers.  Raskind also proposed imposing a salary freeze, hiring freeze and cuts in benefits.  

Raskind said low enrollment along with reduced funding from the state and declining revenue were reasons for the gap in the budget.

The board is expected to vote on the budget plan at the next school board meeting April 5th.

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