April 24, 2014

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Lorain may call back some teachers

LORAIN — The Lorain school district hopes to start recalling laid-off teachers beginning Friday, exactly three weeks after 243 of them were cut.

Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said that Friday will be the first date that the district will have an idea of how many teachers are still needed for the upcoming school year, and the district at that time will know how much in additional grants and state money the district will receive.

Bidding starts today for 52 teachers who must decide which jobs they want to fill, Atkinson said. The openings stem from the cuts made to offset an $11 million shortfall.

After the jobs are awarded, administrators will use the number of students who are expected to enroll in the fall to determine how many additional teachers are needed.

On Thursday, Treasurer Ryan Ghizzoni will meet with the Ohio Department of Education to find out if any more money will be heading the district’s way.

Atkinson said she is waiting to see where the numbers fall before developing a plan for a scenario in which there aren’t enough teachers to fill classrooms.

“I have to wait for all of this to come in, then I can say, ‘This is how many teachers we need, this is how many we’re going to bring back, so now this is what we’re going to do,’ ” she said.

Regardless of what the eventual numbers show, Atkinson said there will be a solution.

“You can quote me on this: All of us who are certified to teach will be teaching if that’s what we have to do,” she said. “We will make sure we have a certified teacher in front of every classroom.”

She said that by Friday, all the parents will know who will be teaching their child, but teachers could still be moved around if open enrollment increases the demand.

“In every district I’ve been in, there’s always been some shift because of open enrollment. It’s normal,” she said.

Atkinson became superintendent Aug. 1 after former Superintendent Dee Morgan resigned.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.