Cincinnati Public Schools to Lay off 40, Cut Superintendent Pay

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Cincinnati Board of Education approved layoffs for 40 administrators Monday and outlined plans for an agreement to rehire Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan at about half her current salary.

The moves are part Cincinnati Public Schools’ effort to close a $43 million gap in next year’s budget.

The layoffs are “painful but necessary,” Ronan said, a result of funding reductions at the state, federal and local levels.

“We have been fiscally responsible by closing schools, eliminating more than 1,300 positions and reorganizing services over the last decade, but other governments have balanced their own budgets on our students’ backs by cutting resources to our schools and district,” she said in a news release.

Additional reductions to staff and services are expected as the district works to balance its 2012-13 general fund budget by the end of June as required by law.

The school board also approved a resolution outlining an agreement to continue to employ Ronan for another three years. Under the agreement, Ronan, who currently earns $189,000 per year, will retire when her contract expires at the end of July 2012. She will then be re-hired for $99,000 for a three-year contract starting Aug. 1, 2012 and ending July 31, 2015.

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