SL schools make cuts

Spring Lake Public Schools will cut up to 36 percent of its paraprofessional staff for the coming school year.
Marie Havenga
Jun 20, 2012

Due to budget restrictions and need, the school district will reduce its 22-member paraprofessional staff by up to eight positions, according to Superintendent Dennis Furton. The school board approved it Monday night.

“Some of those positions were going to be eliminated anyway due to lack of need for next year,” said Furton of three positions that worked with special-needs students. “Some of those students will no longer be attending the district in the fall. We're going to reorganize a little bit.”

Besides the eight position cuts, another schedule will be reduced from five to two hours a day. Furton declined to discuss positions because administration is in the process of notifying the affected personnel.

“I don't want to be too specific,” the superintendent said. “These are positions we're going to have to learn to live without. We needed to further reduce our costs.”

Furton projects a budget deficit of $917,000 for the 2012-13 school year. He said the staff cuts approved Monday will save the district about $120,000.

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