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School Closures to Result in Approx. 45 Staff Cuts

Rick Simon said termination number is a "very close estimate."

Superintendent Rick Simon recently told Patch that the closure of Kirdahy and Westbrook Elementary schools will result in an estimated 45 terminated positions. 

As reported last week, the topic of the two school closings was still in the forefront for some parents at last Thursday night’s BOE meeting at the high school.

While Simon mentioned the district is still working on finalizing the exact number of positions that will be lost, he said that 45 "is a very close estimate."

RELATED: Original school closure story has collected over 1,900 comments

The list of positions include:

  • 18 teachers
  • 2 administrators
  • 2 principals
  • 2 secretaries
  • 8 teacher assistants
  • 2 nurses
  • 6-8 cafeteria aids
  • 5 custodians

As a result of the above terminations, the district will be saving approximately $2.8 million in salary and benefits.

wiseol'owl March 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Julie C. - yes Mrs. Pratt will no longer hold the position of ES principal; however she may very well move into the D.O in the capacity of Executive Director of Elementary Ed.. This was a position the was created and tailored with the excess that was necessary in the ES principal position.
MARY March 16, 2012 at 02:30 AM
so...they needed to cut positions to save money and yet a position which was to be cut to save the district money had a position created and tailored so this person wouldn't lose a job. what about the paras and aides that only make a small fraction of the salary..where are the positions created for them?
wiseol'owl March 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM
@Mary, There aren't any but then again I also haven't heard of any 'incentives' offered to the paras or aides who've been with the district (some for 20+ years) to retire. Some positions just hold a greater value to the district than others I suppose. Hopefully the BOE and Mr. Simon will realize that paras and aides are of great use to the students and staff (which they have worked to preserve) and won't hit those groups so hard with the excessing. There are after all still the same # of children in the district they are just dispersed differently; but they will all still need lots of help, attention and extra eyes to take care of them.
wd May 10, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Well the vote is in they are letting go 6 cafeteria aides. I just don't understand how they can let go 6 aides when we still have the same amount of children in the district. There is going to be more problems in the cafeteria and playgrounds now. Lets hope we don't have any kind of emergency. Becuase with more students and less aides somethings will go wrong.
Rich May 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Not to worry wd, it's okay to fire 6 low paid cafeteria aids who really need their jobs even though it will certainly impact our children. But the good news is that the BOE never re-negotiated with the Administrators do their benefit packaged are completely intact. Vote for Montes and Zotto for a change in how the BOE does business.

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