USD 410 cuts $279,100 from budget; sports spared

Without much discussion, USD 410 Board of Education approved budget cuts for 2010-11 totaling $279,100 at Monday?s regular meeting.

Among the casualties were reductions in professional development funding, purchases of instructional materials and technology support.

Survivors included high school spring sports, middle-school wrestling, after-school activities routes and busing for students living within 2.5 miles of school.

After the vote, president Eddie Weber commended the board for being able to maintain its focus on what?s best for students and not cutting personnel.

While one food service position was cut, Weber said, other than attrition, resignation or retirement, no other staff positions were eliminated.

During the citizen?s forum, Anne Janzen, special education teacher at Hillsboro Middle School, read a statement to the board on behalf of the Marion County Special Education Cooperative.

Students will suffer under funding constraints and limited services, Janzen said, because best practices in special education say students benefit from collaborative learning and receiving needed services.

She introduced a newsletter distributed to the board that outlines MCSEC services provided for students, adding the MCSEC staff hope to get back to the business about what?s best for the students.

During this month?s Learning Showcase, HMS math teacher Steph Sinclair and three of her eighth-grade students shared a math lesson they had learned on how professionals use data.

Also, TSA adviser Creigh Bell and four students shared their accomplishments at state conferences?three first-place awards and three second-place awards.

In other business, the board:

? approved a K-5 math curriculum purchase of $29,293.79

? approved purchase of 38 laptop computers for elementary and middle school teachers of $34,238.

Noble said the purchase will come out of capital outlay funds.

? approved the resignations from Don Penner as assistant track coach and Gregg Walker, instrumental music instructor.

? approved a contract for Grant Overstake as assistant track coach.

? heard from Geis, MCSEC board chair, that the financial picture at MCSEC ?looks better than it did a month ago, and things are back on track.?

? heard from business manager Jerry Hinerman that the district may move to mandatory direct payroll deposit as a cost saving measure.

Employees would have an alternate option if they chose not to participate.

? met twice in executive session to discuss personnel.

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