13 Teaching Positions to Be Eliminated in Strongsville Schools

Declining enrollment means district doesn't need as much staff

Strongsville school officials, citing declining enrollment in the district, said it will be necessary to eliminate 13 teaching positions next school year.

Assistant Superintendent Cameron Ryba said it appears 10 teachers at the elementary school level and three at the secondary level won't be needed.

"We are drastically reduced (in enrollment) at the first-grade level," Ryba said.

Ryba warned the School Board in May that fewer students in the schools would translate to teacher layoffs, especially at the elementary school level.

While more than 500 seniors graduated from Strongsville High School last weekend, kindergarten registration hovers at about 250.

He is estimating that next school year, the high school's enrollment will drop by 41 students and the middle schools will lose 63. The elementary schools, meanwhile, will lose 300.
And the effects of the teachers strike could take another bite out of enrollment. As of late April, 62 students had left the school system because of the eight-week strike.

Overall, Ryba has projected that the 6,200-member student body will drop to 5,800 for the 2013-14 school year.

Ryba told school board members Thursday night that even with fewer teachers, class size standards would be maintained.

In the fall, the average kindergarten class will have 18 pupils, and the average first-grade class will have 20. For grades 2-6, average will be 25.

"That is a very acceptable level," he said.

Also, he said the reduction in the teaching force will not mean programs and opportunities for students will be eliminated.

Rochelle Murdock June 07, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I swear, if there is any more trouble with the dang teachers related to contracts, I will make other arrangements for my 3 kids' educations. I've absolutely had enough of their crap.
a teacher June 07, 2013 at 11:18 PM
the 13 teachers being let go is on top of those who have turned in their retirements
sadvilleresident June 07, 2013 at 11:36 PM
13 is not enough. There are way too many teachers who are still taking out their frustrations with their union on the students and parents. That is unacceptable. The behaviors demonstrated without apology need to be changed or the personnel needs to be changed. Either way, Strongsville Schools will never be as good as people once thought they were. Linscott and her cronies have destroyed the image of this district.
Jabba Da LinsLob June 08, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Tracy for new HS cheerleading coach. Go Tracy!
StrongsvilleMother June 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Bob Coleman, Are you serious? Thank the SEA and teachers! What a joke! The unfortunate thing is that those teachers we will lose are the new young ones with fresh ideas. We will continue to be stuck with the old, SEA loving, arrogant bunch we saw on display for 2 months. Very sad for the students. Good job teachers. Wait....I know...you did it for the students. Sure you did.


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