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.

Sville Will June 07, 2013 at 08:38 AM
I feel sorry for those 13 teachers / SEA members, said no one ever.
William F June 07, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Actually, Will, no one is going to be "let go" because of the retirements. The district is just moving teachers around to fill their positions. Sorry to disappoint you.
Crosstheline June 07, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Then why did they just say they are eliminating more teachers? An elementary school teacher can't move up to the high school so I am sure there will in fact be teachers let go.
Huntington Caldwell IV June 07, 2013 at 11:05 AM
You are both right. I just don't believe most people plan on "retiring" at age 27 after 3 years of service.
Bob Coleman June 07, 2013 at 02:04 PM
I'll say it. THANK YOU TEACHERS/ SEA for your service. Because our city is growing older and new homes aren't being built at the same rate of old. You may have to fill in the positions left by your retiring SEA family. I'm sure you may have to transfer to another school or a different room. But your service has been appreciated by those who see what you do daily. This will most Likely happen for 10 years or so until our community settles like all booming communities most. If you need help moving any of your rooms, let me know.
Bob Coleman June 07, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I'll say it. THANK YOU TEACHERS/ SEA for your amazing service! Im sure a few of you will have to move your rooms or be moved to another school. Most of the teachers in strongsville are over 55 and are close to retirement. So you'll take their place. If you need a hand moving your things, let me know. Anything I can do to help those who have gotten our school district it's amazing rating can call on me anytime!
Have had it!! June 07, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Thats funny
sadvilleresident June 07, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I'll say what the rest of us are thinking Bob, Good Riddance to bad Rubbish. Hopefully the rest of the ineffective teachers who showed how unprofessional they are during the strike and even now will be removed so that GOOD teachers can take their places and the district once again with the help of our amazing administration, parents, and students can reach a high ranking within our state. Hopefully these clowns will be removed so that our declining enrollment will once again rise. Bob, we thank you for offering your services to help these people move their things. Hopefully they will be placed in their cars or moving trucks never to return again. Thanks SEA for showing your true colors to our community and our neighbors. You only have your "leadership" and your rank and file membership full of unprofessional and ineffective teachers to thank for your demise. Kudos to you all.
Strongsville Graduate June 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
They certainly did an outstanding job of teaching our kids how to be adults- respect, professionalism and " bullying" during the strike didn't they. Sorry, no tears shed here! 13 is not enough
Huntington Caldwell IV June 07, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Bob Coleman is offering his help to any parents of students in SCS! Bob can help by starting to paint anti-SEA signs for the rematch when the teacher's contract comes up for renewal in 2015.
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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