Columbus Superintendent Predicts Loss of Hundreds of Teaching Positions

The Superintendent of Columbus Public Schools says between 400 and 600 teaching positions might be lost as the district tries to balance its budget. The head of the teachers union says, personnel cuts should not be the first place the district looks to reduce spending.

The Columbus School district is deciding which schools to close, a move that Supt. Gene Harris estimates will save about $10 million toward the district’s projected $28 million deficit. Harris tells WOSU’s Fred Andrle, this district is doing better than other urban districts in Ohio.

Columbus Education Association President Rhonda Johnson describes the possible loss of up to 14 percent of the district’s teachers as “devastating.”

The final public meeting on school closings is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock at Buckeye Middle School on South Parsons Avenue.