Crooksville Schools Facing Tough Cuts

by Mark Bullion on February 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

Crooksville Schools are facing some tough staffing cuts.

Crooksville Schools Superintendent Kyle Newton held a community meeting Wednesday evening at Crooksville High School to discuss the district’s financial and educational plans. Newton says 21 staff positions will be cut including 11 teachers and 10 classified positions. The cuts come in wake of federal funding losses as well as projected state cuts.

"Some of those people are through attrition or through loss of people leaving throughout this year. But 21 positions will be lost next year," said Newton.

Newton says what makes the matter worse is the fact that the district is owed 1.7 million dollars in unpaid property taxes and is expected to near the 2 million dollar mark by this summer.

"1.7 million is more than what we were cutting. 1.7 million is probably 30 jobs within our school district," said Newton.

The staffing cuts will take place this coming fall.