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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The hours of part-time faculty at Youngstown City Schools are capped effective immediately.

In a letter sent out to more than 300 staff members, all substitute and part-time workers were warned any individual who works beyond the 25 hours per week shall be terminated immediately due to non compliance.

"The district is currently trying to alleviate the deficit we will have in 2017, so we're looking at all our finances and we looked at every aspect of the district and one aspect is ensuring that our part time people are working part time," says Karen Green, assistant superintendent of Human Resources.

The change will ultimately save the district from having to pay health care coverage.

As part of the the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, any employee who work 30 or more hours per week is to be considered full-time, and qualify for health care at the expense of the employer.

"We want to ensure people understand that the district is taking the finances very seriously," Green says.

The school says the change in policy will not effect the work load of full-time staff substitutes, working for an extended period of time. Those who do will be exempt from the rule and the school says students in the classroom remain a top priority.

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