WHAT IS GOING ON
WITH THE PARMA CITY
SCHOOL DISTRICT (PCSD)?
The PCSD has recently been placed in a state of "Fiscal Caution" by the Ohio Department of Education.
The district is required to make cuts of
$7 million in order to balance the 2016-17 budget
and $8 million to balance the 2017-18 budget.
On Monday 9/26, the Board of Education and public were presented with the "District Fiscal Recovery Plan Recommendations" found HERE
This plan consolidates the three high schools (grades 10-12) into one high school at Parma Senior High. Valley Forge and Normandy High Schools will be re-purposed as middle schools (grades 7-9). The plan also calls for the possible closure or future re-purpose of Parma Park elementary school, the ONLY elementary school in the City of Parma Heights, which could have a very negative impact on our community.
Another alarming proposal is the elimination of the very successful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program that has endless possibilities and would only help attract and retain families in our school district.
A "Save Our Schools" public meeting was held on Saturday, October 1st from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma-Snow branch located at 2121 Snow Road. Mayor Byrne as well as Parma Mayor DeGeeter and Seven Hills Mayor Dell'Aquila were in attendance to hear concerns.
A school board meeting on 10/4 was attended by hundreds of residents who voiced their concerns.
A school board meeting was held on Monday, October 10th where it was announced they would seek an deadline extension from the ODE to discuss and prepare an alternate fiscal plan.
The extension was granted by the ODE until November 1, 2016.
The next scheduled school board meeting is Monday, October 24th at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are scheduled to be held in the Board Meeting Room at Parma City School District's Administration Center located at 5311 Longwood Avenue, Parma, 44134.
You are welcome to attend and share YOUR thoughts and concerns.
Read Mayor Byrne's letter to PCSD Superintendent
Carl Hilling HERE
Read Mayor Byrne and City Council's letter to PCSD School Board Members HERE
Read Innovation Ohio Report HERE
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