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May 2, 2013

Saranac Lake Central cuts principal post, Summer School

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The district will shift personnel to cover the job but has not determined yet how that will take place.

Including benefits, the job cut trims more than $100,000 from the budget gap.

“This is the first year we have had a small number of retirements,” Bower said of ongoing staff reduction, which up until now has been largely based on attrition.

Two teachers and one teaching assistant are retiring at the end of this year, and those posts won’t be filled.

“The past few years we’ve had 13 or 14 retirements each year. As costs for other things increase, we have to look at programs and positions now.”

PRE-K CHANGES

Universal Pre-K is now being run through local child-care programs.

“We are eliminating the district-operated prekindergarten program,” Bower said. “We will send the money we receive for Universal Pre-K to our collaborating agencies: four day cares in the area that have each applied to participate and receive the funding.

“The total amount of Universal Pre-K aid is $137,700, and it will serve as many students as we can at those four facilities. It was costing more to run those programs in-house.”

The move cuts one related position, Bower said.

But others job cuts are also proposed, he said.

“We will a lose one teaching assistant in pre-K and then reduce two more teaching assistants across the district. We’re going to eliminate one position in the purchasing department. We’re going to eliminate one IT (information technology) position, that of the district data coordinator. We’re cutting one English language arts teacher, which will become a split position between the Middle and High School.”

SUMMER SCHOOL

The district is cutting Summer School at the Middle/High School level for a savings of about $25,000.

If Saranac Lake students need to make up course credits, Bower said, they can utilize the credit-recovery program, a supervised online resource offered through BOCES.

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