CROSBY -- Parents, teachers and students came to speak their mind -- then, shortly before 11 p.m., their words were heard.
The Crosby-Ironton School Board Monday decided to hold off on a decision to accept the estimated $259,000 in cuts until its next meeting scheduled for April 24. With these proposed cuts, several teachers would lose their jobs.
Superintendent Bill Makinen said the board had to make cuts in the past six years of $200,000, $115,000 and $300,000 without eliminating any staff.
"We don't have any more leniency," he said. "It's ugly. There's nothing I can say that is happy. I'll do this as painless as I can."
In January, the school board set priorities. Makinen said he had to look at the cuts as positions, not people, so it would be easier to cut the budget.
The proposed, estimated $259,000 cuts include:
-- $20,000 matron.
-- $15,000 technology/curriculum coordinator position.
-- $7,000 all day/every day kindergarten, starting at the beginning to the year.
-- $5,000 by eliminating varsity cheerleading.
-- $3,000 for decreasing transportation expenses for athletes by 10 percent.
-- $2,500 by cutting the writing support program for grade 10.
-- $4,400 by eliminating grade seven study skills as an overload. Overload is when one instructor teaches five classes and has a prep class where a teacher receives additional dollars, said Makinen. Study skills will still be taught, just not by the same person.
-- $22,000 eliminate a secondary clerk in the senior or junior high.
-- $12,000 media aide at a secondary level.
-- $14,800 decrease a licensed full time equivalent staff to 57 percent at Day RAAP program. There is one staff member, who serves 11 students currently.
-- $20,000 decrease FTE secondary English position by 50 percent.
-- $35,500 one FTE instrumental music. There will still be two instructors teaching band.
-- $49,500 one FTE family life and personal living skills position.
--$15,000 half FTE for keyboarding/computer specialist at Cuyuna Range Elementary School.
-- $33,600 one FTE instructor at the elementary school. Makinen said the school can apply for a grant to get this position back.
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