The board of education approved the elimination of nine non-certified positions Wednesday, while at the same time freezing the 2013 fiscal year salaries for administrative and non-certified staff. The board's votes came after members were in closed session for almost three hours.
Six full-time employees and three part-time staffers were cut because of declining enrollment and , Supt. Barb Rains said, adding that the full-timers were honorable dissmissals and have recall rights. Non-certified employees fill positions that do not require a teaching certificate. Rains would not indicate which schools the employees are from until she notifies them about the decision.
The staff reduction also helps the district continue to winnow down a $3 million budget deficit over the next three years. Rains said she didn't have an estimate on how much would be saved with these cuts, but those numbers will be part of the amended D161 budget, which will be presented in May. .
As for not increasing certain 2013 salaries, the board unanimously approved the measure for district administrative staff, but the vote was 5-1 for non-certified staffers, with board member Denise Wildeveld dissenting. (Board President Mary Kenny was absent from the meeting for medical reasons.) Wildeveld left before she could be asked to comment about her vote.
Other board action taken at the meeting at Arbury Hills School included:
- signing the district's auditing firm, Mulcahy, Pauritsch, Salvador & Co., to a new three-year contract with no increase in its fee for the first year
- accepting two contractor bids to do school roof repair work; about $250,000 to work on and schools and about $53,000 to work on .
For more details, check out the replay of Wednesday night's live blog of the meeting above. Also, watch video of a performance by the Arbury Hills drama club.
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