Layoff notifications began today (Monday) for Cuyahoga Falls City School District staff members.
On May 3, District Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols proposed the reduction in force of 24 teachers as part of a plan to cut approximately $2 million from the 2017-18 budget. The Board of Education is planning to vote on Nichols' recommendations June 7.
A joint message between the district's central office and the Cuyahoga Falls Education Association was posted on the district's Facebook page at about 3 p.m. Monday saying that the notifications had begun. Here is the statement in its entirety:
"Today has been a difficult day as will the next two days. As many of you are aware, the process of notifying certified staff of the reductions has commenced.
Despite the rumors, all impacted staff were notified in private settings with central office, union, and building leaders in attendance. Students were never left unattended during the process. All impacted staff members were provided substitute coverage if they felt as though they needed to leave for the day. Those who chose to stay were checked upon later in the day.
Administration and Union Leadership have been working on this most unfortunate situation for weeks. After discussing the situation with teachers, they wanted to know as soon as possible. Today was the first day, after the evaluation process, that they could be notified.
Careful consideration was given to the entire process and this was the most efficient methodology to notify staff as timely as possible. Any other process would have taken as much as two weeks to notify all staff. That said, the teachers preferred this method of notification. No specific names of impacted staff will be released until the June 7 BOE Meeting."
Melody Carlisle, president of the Cuyahoga Falls Education Association, recently told the Falls News-Press that the reduction in force notifications could occur as soon as this week.
The last day of school for students is May 24.
Watch www.fallsnewspress.com and see the May 21 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for more on this story.