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Board Approves Cutting 22 D161 Teachers; Raises Club, Band and Sports Fees

Because of decreasing enrollment, the Summit Hill school district board reduced its workforce, honorably dismissing teachers. The board also raised fees for clubs, band and sports at Wednesday's meeting to help with the district's bottom line.

CORRECTION: An early version of this story listed the wrong fee amount for clubs. It has been changed to the correct amount, $30.

For the first time in its history, the board of education approved the honorable dismissal of 22 teachers at its Wednesday meeting as part of an overall staff reduction in the district.

The dismissals come as the district's student enrollment is projected to decrease and the board needs to cut more than $3 million from the D161 budget over the next three years. No tenured teachers were let go by the district, Supt. Barb Rains said, adding that a list of eliminated teachers would not be released in accordance with board policy.

Rains said she would provide Patch with a full list of teachers retained by the district some time Thursday.

Although the teacher cuts were approved unanimously, board member Sean William Doyle voted against the motions for non-renewal and reclassification of staff members. After the meeting, Doyle said because it was a personnel matter and the decision was discussed in closed session, he couldn't identify the staffers involed, but he said he objected to the reasoning behind the decision.

Rains also would not confirm the identity of the staffers.

Along with cutting teachers, the board also approved fee increases for clubs, sports and band. Club fees were raised to $30 per year, and sports fees were increased to $50 per year, and band was increased to $200 per year for the first child and $100 for the each additional child.

Check back later Thursday and Friday for continuing updates and read the transcript of the meeting's live blog for more details of what happened at Wednesday's board meeting.

informed April 05, 2012 at 02:57 AM
@are you kidding me? This has to be Sean William with all the facts.
hmm April 18, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Everyone needs to become well aware of the States inability to pay their bills to our schools, they also need to be aware that the State is most likely pushing the teacher pension programs to the local districts, also the State is most likely pushing to make changes to transportation funding to districts.... YES THE REALITY IS QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN MANY IF NOT ALL WILL START TO DIMINISH. This is reality! You can only do so much financial reform within any organization. Unfortunately it is inevitable that the quality of education will degrade.
Dede April 24, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Legally, I thought positions HAD to be posted, although in this district, the decision is sometimes made before the posting.
hmm April 25, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Duster is a super himself now a days
Ready for Change April 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Maybe it is finally time for people to realize that the way we fund education, based on property taxes is a big problem. Why not tell legislators to switch funding of education to sales tax and then people who own homes wouldn't be overly burdened. Just a thought....

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