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Tallmadge Schools saves money by eliminating six jobs, having school during cold weather

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published: January 26, 2014 12:00 AM
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Tallmadge -- In the Tallmadge City School District's ongoing effort to save money, the Board of Education authorized the administration Jan. 15 to eliminate six part-time jobs.

Five recess monitors -- two at Dunbar Primary School and three at Munroe Elementary School -- and one instructional paraprofessional at the high school were taken off the payroll as of Jan. 7. According to Treasurer Jeff Hostetler, the move will save the school district an estimated $35,000 annually.

Superintendent Jeff Ferguson said the reduction of the positions was part of the most recent Tallmadge Teachers Association contract from last October. In exchange for more time out of the school day for teachers to use as a planning period, the teachers will serve as recess monitors.

The cost savings were boosted when the school district didn't institute calamity days when subzero temperatures blanketed the area twice so far this month. Not only did students benefit from not losing a day of instruction on Jan. 7 when some neighboring school districts called off, Hostetler said it was spared from paying staff about $72,000 for a day that wasn't worked and wouldn't be made up at the end of the school year.

State law allows school districts to have five calamity days before they're required to make them up at the end of the school year.

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Tallmadge Schools was able to have school that day because a bus mechanic worked to make sure all the buses were running.

In response to a return of the bitterly cold temperatures, Ferguson declared a two-hour delay to the start of school Jan. 22.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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jaimegerard Jan 27, 2014 1:39 PM

To udontknowme ... thanks for catching our error. It's been changed in the online version.

udontknowme Jan 27, 2014 1:17 PM

Superintendent Jeff Hostetler??  or Jeff Ferguson?

really007 Jan 26, 2014 12:45 PM