Buckeye Local to Cut 15 Positions

The Buckeye Local School District Board of Education is moving forward with its plan to cut 15 positions in the face of continuing financial pressures.

The initiative had been unveiled shortly after a defeat at the polls in May of proposed initiatives to restructure the district’s operations.

Two of the positions will be eliminated as early as today. All the positions to be cut in this reduction in force action will be eliminated by Aug.

The employees being hit by these job cuts include custodians, clerks, secretaries, cooks and teacher aides.

Custodians Jesse Pasco and Dave Harris are the first of the 15 to see their jobs eliminated. They were scheduled to be cut from the staff today. Secretary Pam Kinsey’s post will be lost as of July 23.

Cooks losing their current posts as of Aug. 20 are Barbara Clark, Cindy Vargo, Joann Staten and Arnetta Kurtz. Cheryl Semborski, clerk, will also lose her position Aug. 20.

Individual aides seeing their positions eliminated as of Aug. 20 are Lynette DaGrava, Barbara DiCenzo, Tracy Atwood, Jelene Moffo, Christina Crawford, Latonya Smith and Kelly Sutphin.

”This is very disturbing, to have to put someone out of work,” said Don Moore, president of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education during a meeting this week. A unanimous vote to launch the previously announced 15-person reduction in force was entered into the record.

”We hate to do it but we have to, with what we are faced with,” said Moore, noting he hopes conditions will improve soon for the district’s general economy. ”But that’s not looking very favorable.”

The union representing the Buckeye Local School District employees hit by this RIF action are represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

Longtime Buckeye Local School District school bus driver John Sindeldecker is president of the local union group which had 105 members at the start of Monday’s meeting and by the close of the board meeting its roster had been cut to 90.

Sindeldecker, who is just beginning his second two-year term in office, said he is hopeful the district’s administration will see a need to ”bring a few of these people back” as changes are made to operations at the high school building as it will now house all students in grades 7-12.

The union’s contract with the school board ends today. Both school district officials and OAPSE union representatives have confirmed the two have begun contract talks.