October 31, 2014

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Lorain superintendent: 70 to 120 teachers would be laid off if Issue 14 fails

LORAIN — Between 70 to 120 teachers would be laid off and a third of administrative and custodial staff would be cut, along with some academic and arts programs if a proposed 1.5 percent earned income tax for Lorain Schools is rejected by voters.

That was the message delivered tonight by interim Superintendent Ed Branham to about 120 parents and school staff at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School. Branham said Lorain Schools faces a projected $12 million deficit in the 2012-13 school year, up from the previous $11.35 million projection.

“It’s a sad situation,” Branham said. “It’s just going to be devastating to this school district.”

The continuous tax known as Issue 14 would raise $8.2 million annually. It would cost a worker earning $30,000 per year about $450 annually. The tax would not affect capital gains, dividends, pensions or Social Security, a selling point for elderly voters who have not supported past levies.

See Thursday’s Chronicle-Telegram for the full story.