By DAVID GREEN
Fayette school board members Monday night approved staff cuts and reassignment of duties for the 2009-10 school year in an effort to balance out declining revenue.
Superintendent Russ Griggs described the cuts as a “middle of the road” approach to operational reductions. Additional cuts, he said, will result in the elimination of educational programs.
Layoff notices will be sent to staff affected by the cuts in accord with contract language.
Two elementary school teaching jobs will be eliminated and two classrooms will become multi-age classes. In addition, two tutoring positions will be cut and the library assistant status will change from the teacher level to an aide.
The elementary principal will take over the role of educational supervisor which is now provided by an outside source. A reduction in custodial services will result in 0.5 full time equivalency, and two positions will be eliminated—the special education paraprofessional and the technology assistant.
In addition, the superintendent will take an additional 60-day reduction in time on the job, taking his status to about half time.
The total savings from cuts and reassignments equals a full-time equivalency of 5.785 staff members.
Operations reductions include a halt in field trips funded by the general fund; and a reduction in services from the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center totaling $11,915 (educational consultant, gifted education supervision and alternative school).
No transfers will be made to the cafeteria fund unless they can be repaid during the fiscal year.
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