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CMSD closing 7 buildings
Students will be re-assigned to other schools, but parents are unhappy
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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The Cleveland Schools plan to close 7 buildings and lay off hundreds of teachers after a heated board of education meeting on Tuesday night.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more on the impact that’s having in Ohio’s second largest school district…

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Interim school CEO Peter Raskind and the board of education outlined a plan on Tuesday to save 72 million dollars during the next school year.  The auditorium was filled with teachers and other employees, many of whom had been laid off earlier in the day.  But the most intense comments came regarding the 7 schools being closed.  Raskind says that will save 2 million in operating costs, plus whatever the buildings are sold for.  But parents like Donna Walker-Brown disagree.
Raskind says his goal is to avoid a 47.5 million dollar deficit coming next year, as required by state law.  The schools closing include Margaret Ireland, Capt. Arthur Roth, Union and Woodland Hills.

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