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February 11, 2014

District approves 11 job cuts

CLINTON — Clinton Schools Superintendent Deb Olson is still confident that a $907,751 budget reduction in her district won’t be strenuous on the staff.

She believes that anyone who wants to have a teaching job in Clinton will continue next school year.

“I fully expect that no one will lose their job,” said Olson on Monday, following the Clinton Community School Board meeting. “They may have a different job next year, but they’ll be retained by the district if they want to be.”

Board members unanimously voted to cut 11 jobs entering the 2014-15 school year. The vote came after the board discussed the matter during its January Committee of the Whole meeting.

It passed without much holdup, with only Dana Evers stating she received a call from concerned teachers.

Nevertheless, Olson said it’s never easy to eliminate jobs.

“We have good people we work for,” she said. “Being able to (make reductions) in a way where it doesn’t effect somebody’s employment — the first thing we talk about is what’s best for the kids and the second thing is what’s best for employment.”

The district saw a decrease of 106 students this year. Schools receive $6,000 in state funding per student, meaning the declined enrollment saw a $636,000 shortfall.

Board member Eric Gettes is working on a survey that may help explain why.

He said in January that he was working to draft proper wording in order to gather the information. On Monday, he said the district is closer to finalizing the survey which will ask vacating parents why they chose to leave Clinton Schools.

“There’s no easy way to make those cuts,” Gettes said. “I think that (Olson) did a great job of taking into account attrition. The goal is that anyone looking to work within the district will still have a job.”

By late February or early March, CCSD will begin surveying for the information.

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