18 teachers to lose positionsPublished 11:01am Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It’s a yearly occurrence, but one that Superintendent Jerry Ness expressed is a financial necessity.
The school board approved notices of termination and non-renewal for 11 probationary teachers and placed seven on an unrequested leave of absence on Monday night. Despite the cuts, superintendent Ness continued to be optimistic that the teachers would be hired back next year.
“Like years past, hopefully things will turn out right,” Ness said. “Then we can hire these positions back for the appropriate hours.”
Last year, the board cut 21 teachers in the spring, according to district Administrative Assistant Elaine Jahnke. All were hired back, however, unless they had already taken a different position.
Ness suggested those rehirings would be in June, July or August.
Because of the uncertainty with enrollment numbers and funding, Ness said the district has to make sure they will be able to afford the positions in the coming year.
“What we’re doing as a school board is taking a conservative approach to money management,” Ness said. “If we don’t have all those students, we don’t have the funding for our staff.”