WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Lakota Local School District proposed a restructuring plan on Thursday that will result in the laying off 36 teachers in its elementary schools.
Lakota would be lying off art, music, and physical education teachers. The restructuring would enable elementary schools to provide 89 more hours per school year in core subjects including math, science, language arts and social studies. The school district says this will become increasingly important as Ohio's upgraded Common Core-Revised Standards are phased in.
"Though students will experience a decreased amount of exposure to art, music and physical education, the increased instruction in the core subjects will help them meet the more rigorous standards in the vital core subjects," said Karen Mantia, superintendent.
The District would keep two art, two music and two physical education teachers and one unified arts teacher for grades one through six. Students would receive instruction of art, music, and physical education by rotating the subject that is taught each week. Those classes would also be shorter.
The district would also be hiring 21 instructional aides at lower salaries than teacher. The aides would take over for teachers during recess. The district says that this would give teachers time to do class planning that they would have done during art, music, and physical education classes.
The Lakota School District is trying to close a $9 million budget gap.
The next budget presentation will be on February 27 Board meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Lakota East High School.
More information on the budget can be found at www.lakotaonline.com/budget.