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Committee conducts final session

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

For the final time, members of the cost cutting committee met Monday in the media center at North Clay Middle School.

"Tonight, we are going to look at personnel areas," Clay Community School Corporation Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "I would like to make this the last meeting."

In previous meetings, the committee learned how the budget for Clay Community Schools operated and how money was spent as well as brainstorming other areas to make cuts that did not include personnel or benefits.

"These were some great ideas," Schroeder told those in attendance about the ideas generated during the last meeting. "Even if they save us $30,000, that's a teacher and we'll take it."

The committee, made up of representatives of the Clay Community Classroom Teachers Association (CCCTA), CCSC administrative personnel, volunteer non-certified personnel, representatives from the school board and community members, again broke into groups and compiled lists based on two questions.

"For the first question, what are the personnel cuts related to salary and fringe benefits that are not RIFing (reduction in force) or cutting positions," Schroeder said. "Question two is if we RIF or cut programs, where should we look at first."

For an hour, each group discussed options and considerations regarding each question.

Then a spokesperson read their group's list to the rest of committee.

"It's about shared sacrifice," Forest Park Elementary Secretary Kae Smith said. "Everyone in the corporation takes a one year pass on getting a pay raise."

Pay freezes and insurance reorganization were two topics almost all the groups mentioned and one group in particular believed that not filling a vacant position would inevitably save the corporation money now.

"Someone in our group suggested to not replace the Assistant Principal at Northview High School until next year," Data and Food Service Director Carolyn Kumpf said. "Rather than having a principal, replace the position with an Administrative Assistant."

It was also mentioned to combine the positions of Building and Grounds Director and the Transportation Director, media specialist consolidations as well as extra curricular coaching positions. The suggestion was made to reduce the number of athletic events, not at the varsity level, but at the other levels from 20 to 12 games to reduce the need to travel and have the buildings open. Eliminating clubs as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school level that do not have a high enrollment but instead have the students on APEX.

Before the meeting closed, Schroeder thanked everyone for their hard work and their time. But he again mentioned that any decisions would be up to the school board and it would not be easy.

"Right now we do have a decent budget," Schroeder said. "If we ever have to go to cuts it is not something that we relish. It's a last resort that we have to do."

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Then how come the teacher's are bucking a chance to save as much as $20,000.00 per teacher? For those that have declined insurance through school corp? My thoughts are this, when I worked for Heartland Automotive, they offered insurance. I was already insured under my spouse. I wasnt given an incentive for NOT taking company insurance. Why am I forced to pay for someone else to recieve it? They should have to take it or not get anything at all. I heard something about people claiming this is an insult and targeting veterans? My husband is a disabled vet! Did that make a difference to my employer? NO.. So it shouldnt matter for teachers either. In fact if 85 teachers recieve this $20,000 incentive. But we only need $30,000.00 to pay each new teacher.. Then it's a simple matter of keeping the best education possible for our children.. End the incentive NOW!! That's 56 new teachers in our schools. Anyone who doesnt like the ending of this incentive can go look for a new job..

-- Posted by Simpletruths on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 6:34 PM

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