Cincinnati Superintendent Recommends Hiring Freeze

Cincinnati schools superintendent says hiring freeze necessary

The Cincinnati Pubilc Schools superintendent is recommending a 454 million-dollar budget for the 2004-2005 school year that includes a hiring freeze. Superintendent Alton Frailey says the freeze is necessary to help offset rising costs and decreasing enrollment. Frailey made his budget recommendations yesterday to school board members.

Frailey said the budget reflects the impact of declining state revenue combined with increasing costs such as payments the district must make to charter schools. The recommended budget is about a three percent increase over last year's 436-point-six million-dollars. It does not include tens of millions of dollars that will be spent for construction. The school board is expected to vote on the budget in August.