The Shadyside School District is being asked to cut well over $680,000 from its budget, according to a performance audit released by Ohio Auditor of State David Yost.
The report has many school officials upset. They said the report does not factor in some important information.
“This report right here says that Shadyside is not doing a very good job,” Shadyside Schools Superintendent John Haswell said. “That is far from the truth.”
Haswell said for starters the report does not accurately represent the number of students in the district.
“One of the things they say that we can do to save money is to get rid of nine teachers,” Haswell said. “What they didn’t mention is that the only number they used to get rid of those nine teachers are our regular education students. They used 699, we actually have 815 enrolled. Our special education students are in our classrooms. They did not take that into consideration.”
Haswell said if they were to reduce the staff by just one teacher they would be looking at two kindergarten classes with 28 students in each.
“I would challenge anyone to walk into a kindergarten classroom and teach twenty-nine kids,” Haswell said. “It’s impossible to give a quality education at that number.”
Haswell also said these are only recommendations based on a projected forecast of $2.6 million deficit by the 2017-18 school year. He said the forecast is based on a worst case scenario. He said there is currently no deficit in the district.
There will be an informational meeting on the subject on Monday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Shadyside High School. The public is invited to attend.