The Clay Community School Corporation's search for $1 million in budget cuts resulted in staff cuts, a reduction in force (RIF) during Thursday's school board meeting.
"These people are victims of state funding budget cuts and the rising expense of insurance," Board Member Steven Grigsby said of the vote to RIF teachers. "We don't want to do this, but we don't have any choice. We don't have the money, no school corporation has money in the state."
The $1 million in budget cuts were limited to the General Fund, which consists of 90 percent salaries and benefits for employees. Many of these positions are negotiable only under contract, so options for the board were limited to cutting teaching positions.
Approximately $658,000 will be saved through layoffs, RIFs and six retirements, Superintendent William Schad told The Brazil Times this morning.
A seniority list of corporation employees was compiled, taking into consideration each staff member's qualifications and licenses. This led to some staffing positions at various schools being restructured to ensure the job placement of qualified personnel.
Those employees unable to meet the qualification standards received letters last month informing them that their contracts were being eliminated.
"This is the price we pay for the financial crisis we are in," Superintendent Schad said.
Who will be affected:
- Emily Goff, Jamie Elwell, Clint Swalls, Wendy Jackson, Carrie Chiado and Bethany Jones will not return next year.
- Software trainer Jennifer Snoddy, was laid off after lengthy discussion by the board and a split vote of 4 to 3.
- Positions filled by Lisa Coughanour and Kim Edwards of the LEAAP Center will be eliminated if CAPE funding is not verified before November.
- Ekaterina Cervantes' contract was reduced by one period. Dan Miller's contract was reduced by three periods.