School board will ‘name names’ Monday Staff who lose jobs will be revealed

School board will 'name names' Monday Staff who lose jobs will be revealed by David Lias The other shoe will drop Monday.

The Vermillion School Board has already gone through the painful process of identifying which staff positions will be eliminated for the 2004-05 school year due to reduction in force.

At the school board's next meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. March 22 in the school library, the board will reveal the names of individuals who will be losing their jobs.

At its March 8 meeting, the board agreed to eliminate the following positions for the 2004-2005 school year: High school computer education teaching position; elementary/middle school counselor position; elementary art teaching position; part-time high school English teaching position; second grade teaching position; third grade teaching position; music position below high school level; part-time special education position at middle school, and high school math position.

The board also agreed to reduce the following positions by 10 days for the 2004-2005 school year due to reduction-in-force: High school, middle school, elementary school librarian positions, and middle school counselor position.

The board also decided March 8 to reduce the school nurse position by .33 FTE (full time equivalent) next school year, and to non-renew the contract of Angie Bierman for 2004-2005 school year due to reduction-in-force.

The cuts are necessary because of budget woes being felt in the school district. The school board had hoped it could avoid cutting staff and programs with an opt-out of the state's property tax freeze.

Citizens overwhelmingly voted against that idea last fall, however.

The school district had projected that, without an opt-out, it will begin swimming in red ink in 2004-05 to the tune of approximately $900,000.

The negative balance would continue each year after that. By 2007-08, the school district would be facing a $4.5 million deficit. That total is more than half of district's entire budget.

Superintendent Bob Mayer noted March 8 that the Vermillion School District will receive a bit more in state aid for the next school year � totaling approximately $174,000.

The district, however, will also see its enrollment decline by 32 students before the 2004-05 school year begins. That will take away $128,000.

"Subtract the two figures and you come up with a net increase in state aid of somewhere between $44,000 and $46,000," Mayer said.

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