Princeton school board cuts administrative staff

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CINCINNATI, OH ( FOX19) - Six administrative positions will be cut in Princeton school district, officials say the cuts are just the tip of the iceberg of what's to come.
"Slightly heartbroken," said Tom O'Neill,  Princeton Schools Communications Director.
O'Neill was one of the six administrative  staff positions that school board members unanimously voted to cut at Thursday's meeting.
"The fact is, I educated the public about what the school district is doing, but I didn't educate kids, and kids are number one," said O'Neill.
That's why O'Neill says he understands the tough decision the school board had to make to eliminate his position as well as five others, including a technology director and an elementary school principal.
The reduction in force was the school board's first step in eliminating $8 million from the district's budget. The second phase of cuts will hit closer to the classroom, impacting teacher positions.
Meanwhile, O'Neill's last day is July 31, yet he's still optimistic despite the outcome.
"I am proud of the work I've done here, and it's a terrific district, my son goes here, and I'm very happy as a parent with what the district has done for him, so I expect all of that to continue," O'Neill said.
The Princeton school district has cut $16.7 million from their annual budget since 2004. The next round of cuts will be voted on at the April 4 board meeting.
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