Cezar resigns position with MCSEC, effective June 30

Chris Cezar will be resigning as executive director of the Marion County Special Educa?tion Cooperative, effective June 30, according to information presented at Monday?s MCSEC meeting.

The board of directors voted unanimously to accept Cezar?s resignation.

In recent weeks, Cezar was questioned about his budget numbers coming in at more than a $1 million deficit when another review found the cooperative ending the year with a $327,000 cash carryover.

Based on that information, Deb Geis, MCSEC board chair, wrote a letter to the special education staff stating that while further action by the Kansas Legislature this spring could affect funding in the 2010-11 school year, staff cuts proposed earlier this year would not need to be as severe.

Geis further stated Cezar would be contacting each teacher previously notified about loss of their position.

Jerry Hinerman, business clerk for USD 410, was asked to review the budget numbers when the county?s five school superintendents learned the cooperative would need to cut staff substantially and sell the building it recently acquired in Marion.

At a special MCSEC meeting April 8, Hinerman went through each of the budget line items. Other than a few minor differences in numbers, Cezar agreed with Hinerman?s conclusions that the co-op was solvent for at least the next two years.

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