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GH schools cut staff

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:47 PM

The school board has approved laying off 10 teachers and cutting four support staff positions. Eight other teaching positions will be absorbed through resignations and retirements.

The district's proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year includes $2.43 million in staff reductions. It also includes additional income from sources such as renting unused building space and sharing services.

Also helping to balance the budget is $570,000 from the district's fund balance. The fund balance is projected to be at about $4.1 million on July 1, and down to about $3.5 million on June 30, 2014.

The teachers receiving layoff notices are: four from the high school, two from the middle schools and four from the elementary schools.

The support staff positions being cut are a high school testing coordinator, two part-time middle school receptionists and a part-time elementary school attendance clerk.

Superintendent Keith Konarska said they had hoped for an increase in the district's state funding for K-12 education when the state received more income, but that didn’t come to fruition.

“To say our board is disappointed would be an understatement,” he said.

Konarska said some of the laid-off staff members might be called back, depending on student enrollment and additional staff retirements.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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