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School Board may hear administrative cuts Thursday

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The Duneland School Board will hold its next meeting on Thursday, at which time the board may be presented with recommendations for cuts in administrative personnel.

Duneland Superintendent Dirk Baer said last week that there will be changes among administrators and that he anticipates bringing his recommendation to the school board at Thursday's meeting.

The agenda includes personnel reports in both the administrative and business departments, as well as board approval of staff retirements and a general budget update.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Administration Center, 601 W. Morgan Ave.

The Duneland Schools are in the process of trying to find ways to offset about $1.4 million from this year's general fund budget -- or about 4.5 percent of the total fund -- due to statewide funding cuts. Baer said at the last meeting that the budget cuts will be implemented over a number of weeks and that all current programs will be retained. The cuts are expected to be made in areas such as attrition, higher fees, furloughs, and reduced hours.

Normally, the school board meets on the first Monday of the month, but this month's regular meeting was rescheduled to Thursday.

Other agenda items include a presentation by Bailly Elementary School, a refinancing of the school corporation's pension bond, and an appointment to the Westchester Public Library board.



Posted 2/10/2010




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