Layoffs For Akron Schools

Teacher layoffs likely for Akron schools

Not enough Akron teachers opted for early retirement, so the district likely will lay off up to 100 educators. Just 49 people signed up for the buyout offer by yesterday's deadline.

District officials had said the offer would be withdrawn if at least 135 didn't take advantage of it. The exact number of layoffs won't be known until July Tenth, the deadline for teachers to retire or resign.

Budget problems led the district to eliminate 140 teaching jobs and 40 other positions in next year's budget. Members of the teachers union and district say they'll keep trying to find ways to minimize the cuts.