Lakota's top officials discuss district's approved cuts

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - On Monday night the Lakota School District School Board approved the layoffs of 141 staff members. Last year 82 district positions were cut, however those were done through attrition and employees taking a retirement incentive package.

"Reductions in staff by people retiring, that's a totally different feeling than from meeting with someone and saying we have to reduce our employees and you are the least senior and we're sorry but we have to part ways," said Jenni Logan, district treasurer.

The 141 staff members will find out between now and the end of April if they'll lose their job. Nearly 100 teachers will lose their jobs, compared to only nine administrators losing their positions.

"We have far less administrators in our district than in similar districts, so our per pupil average for our administrators is higher than other districts," said Logan. "We believe we are already lean."

Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia says the solution to the district's financial problems can be mostly solved in Columbus.

"That whole funding piece needs to be addressed and we need to find ways to support education," said Mantia.

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