The Pickerington Board of Education approved $13-million in cuts on Monday, Jan. 24, that officials said are needed to balance the district's budget for the 2011-12 school year.

The Pickerington Board of Education approved $13-million in cuts on Monday, Jan. 24, that officials said are needed to balance the district's budget for the 2011-12 school year.

Some 87 teachers will lose their jobs as a result.

In addition, school hours will be changed, seven district administrators' positions will be eliminated and 11 other administrative employees will have their hours reduced.

Monday's action comes as the board and school officials attempt to stopgap a hole in the district's 2011-12 school year budget they said is being brought on by an estimated 13-percent drop in state funding, as well as recent drops in local property tax collections and a lack of job growth.

The board unanimously approved recommendations made by PLSD Superintendent Karen Mantia, treasurer Dan Griscom and other administrators. As a result, there will be cuts or changes to the district's transportation services, administrative personnel, licensed and certified personnel who serve the entire district, licensed and certified employees for kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh through 12th grade and classified personnel.

Beginning next school year, bus service for kindergarten students living within a two-mile radius of their schools will be eliminated, as will all district-paid field trips. The district's DARE program, which seeks to educate elementary and middle school students about the dangers of drug addiction, also will be eliminated.

In addition to teachers and administrators, the board approved the elimination of four nurses, a social worker, a behavioral intervention specialist, seven special education teachers and one physical education instructor who serve the entire district.

For more on this story, see the Jan. 27 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington.