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CINCINNATI - In a move superintendent Mary Ronan described as "painful but necessary," the Cincinnati Board of Education approved the non-renewals of 40 administrators Monday night.

The step comes in an ongoing effort to close a $43 million budget shortfall for the 2012-12 school year.

"We are facing the current funding gap because state, federal and local governments have dealt with their own budget problems by slashing revenue to our district," said Ronan.

Over the course of the last decade CPS says it has closed more than 20 schools and eliminated 1,300 positions to be "fiscally responsible."

Rolonda Smith spoke at the Monday night meeting on behalf of Parents for Public Schools.

"We feel that the city of Cincinnati, Duke Energy and Hamilton County need to pay their fair share to the district and stop short changing the students and parents of CPS," said Smith.

In addition to the 40 administrative positions being cut, the board also approved a new contract for Ronan that will take effect the day after she retires.

The contract will go into effect for a term of three years and pay Ronan a salary of $99,000.  That's $90,000 less from the $189,000 of her current contract.

"We believe this agreement keeps proven leadership at the helm while saving the district money during fiscally challenging times," said Board President Eve Bolton.

Ronan said more cuts are coming as the district tries to balance its 2012-13 General Fund budget by the end of June as required by law.

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