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Westlake school district faces layoffs
After numerous failed attempts to pass a levy, the school board is considering laying off 32 teachers and 32 other staff
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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School board president Thomas Mays says the last time Westlake had a successful operating levy was in 2006.
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Just two weeks after voters rejected a renewal levy, administrators in a Northeast Ohio school district are announcing steep layoffs.

Westlake school board president Thomas Mays says when a spring levy failed by 44 votes, the board cut $1 million from the budget, and tried again this month to pass a levy.

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“We put it back up in November and it failed by a larger margin, so we’re left with no alternative but to do these kind of cuts.  It’s disappointing because the last time we had a successful operating levy was in 2006.”

The board is considering laying off 32 teachers, plus 32 other staff, mostly bus drivers.  Mays says the district is cutting back on transportation and will also ask students to ‘pay to play’ sports this spring.

All together the cuts will shave more than $2 million from Westlake’s budget.

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