Mad River Schools cut half a dozen jobs due to financial issues – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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RIVERSIDE — The Mad River Board of Education voted to cut half a dozen jobs after the district discussed the plan last month at a town hall meeting.

Board members voted four to one to fire five school therapists and an art teacher.

Each job cut has a direct implication with the children of the district.

“It’s really nerve wracking to see what’s to come,” said Mad River Schools parent Randi Johnson.

Johnson’s son has ADHD and she said he has benefited from the district’s therapy program.

“Mark Ward has been with my youngest son since he started in the district, and he had some elevation issues getting into third grade, and he was with him all the way,” Johnson said.

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During the meeting, the board said cutting jobs was a tough decision. But this had to be done for financial reasons.

“I understand that financially it has to happen, but you’re also jeopardizing the stability of the kids,” Johnson said.

Board member AJ Ricker said: “Our budget balancing solutions never reach a point where we even have to consider staff reduction as an option.”

The school board said it would save money by contracting out all five therapist jobs.

The six employees will officially lose their jobs on August 1.

The district said that because it had fewer students enrolled, it was losing $880,000 in state funding. And because of that, he can no longer afford the six salaries.

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Amy Holbrook, president of the Mad River Education’s Association, said: “We don’t know what to expect next year and how to help our students move forward.

The Mad River union representative called the move poorly timed.

“Simply giving our students multiple opportunities to understand how to keep moving forward after this pandemic is key to ensuring these staff members no longer exist and are there for them,” Holbrook said.

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