by Kristin Casale
Stow -- The Stow-Munroe Falls School District has approved $650,000 worth of cuts to its operating budget that will result in some staff layoffs.
During the Board of Education's May 21 meeting, the Board unanimously approved the cuts in response to the failure of Issue 10 May 8. The vote was taken after a one-hour-long closed session of the Board members.
According to District Superintendent Dr. Russell Jones, the 4.17-mill, five-year operating levy would have generated approximately $3.9 million annually and prevented the cuts. The district is slated to spend $64,070,595 for the 2006-07 year, according to its budget.
"I don't want to be in the layoff mode," he said. "I would rather be in the growth mode, but we do have to be fiscally responsible. This set of reductions does not impact students directly."
Jones said the district will lay off one guidance counselor, one administrator, reduce each building's budget by 10 percent, reduce professional development for teachers and not fill or suspend certain supplemental employees.
Jones said the cuts will be made "as soon as possible," but he would not specify the number of supplemental employees that would be affected. Supplemental employees comprise coaches and club advisers, among other positions.
District Business Manager Tom Adams said a secretary also will be laid off, and the number of monitors, maintenance staff members and custodians employed by the district will be reduced. He was unable to provide the number of employees that would be affected by the reductions.
Adams said school officials must take certain procedural steps before the reductions can occur.
"There is a lot that has to go on," he said.
The district also plans to explore contracting out some transportation services to third parties as part of its planned cuts, according to Adams.
"We will notify people shortly," said Jones of the layoffs, who would not specify the date the layoffs would occur.