The Westerville Board of Education unanimously approved a reduction in force resolution April 23, eliminating the jobs of 32 teachers with the close of this school year in May.

The Westerville Board of Education unanimously approved a reduction in force resolution April 23, eliminating the jobs of 32 teachers with the close of this school year in May.

"These employees are being reduced as a result of the financial situation of the district. It has nothing to do with performance," said Curt Jackowski, the district's executive director of human resources.

The cut list started out much higher. Following the failure of the school district's proposed levy in November, the board voted to eliminate 204 positions to help close a $23-million gap in the 2012-2013 budget. But a 6.71-mill emergency level passed in March, bringing an additional $16.54 million back into the district's budget annually.

Collection on the new levy, though, won't begin until Jan. 1, so only a half-year of income will be produced for the district's 2012-13 school year. In March, 85 teachers were notified that they could be laid off at the the April 23 board meeting.

At the same meeting, the board did vote to restore $7.3 million in program cuts, saving 79 jobs, but the district still will have 125 fewer employees next school year.

The restorations saved some art, music and physical-education classes, as well as extracurricular activities, gifted programs, media specialists and reading intervention, but many of the programs that were restored will be offered on a smaller scale in the next school year.

The positions cut at the April 23 meeting represent the areas hardest-hit by the budget cuts.

Nine visual-arts teachers in eight full-time positions were dismissed, as were nine music teachers in 6.95 full-time positions, eight health and physical-education teachers in 7.2 full-time positions, three business teachers in 2.8 full-time positions, one full-time Spanish teacher, a part-time adapted physical education teacher and a part-time dean of students.

Also April 23, the board approved the retirement of four teachers, bringing the total number of retirements for the year to 62, Jackowski said. And the board approved the resignations of four teachers who have found employment elsewhere.

The reduction in force approved April 23 should be the extent of the layoffs tied to budget reductions for the next school year, Superintendent Dan Good said.