Maumee Schools laying off teachers

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MAUMEE (WTOL) - Finding itself in debt, the Maumee City School Disctrict has told some teachers that they'll be losing their jobs as of the coming school year, even though the district has a levy on the May ballot.

Dwight Fertig, the principal of Fort Miami Elementary, delivered the news to three of his teachers.

"It's difficult on everybody. It's very emotional. You're really impacting a lot of lives and most importantly that teacher and their families," Fertig said.

Superintendent Gregory Smith says eight teachers were given the bad news a couple of weeks ago.

It's the district's latest effort to deal with a $3.5 million deficit, projected in the 5-year forecast.

"We are eliminating some programs, so as a result ... some teachers will be affected by this," Smith said.

The district is pushing a 3.9 mill operating levy, which would provide $1.8 million every year. It means that the teachers who've been let go will have a shot at staying.

"Right now, eight teachers will be losing their jobs if this levy does not pass. If the levy passes, there are no guarantees, but everything will be revisited," Smith said. But if it fails "we're going to have to reduce close to $2 million out."

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