Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

School board meeting delayed

A Webster Parish School Board meeting to address the Reduction In Force (RIF) plan, has been rescheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.

"This will allow the school board to receive a thorough training on the Reduction in Force policy," said Superintendent Steve Dozier.

"I had planned to cover it at the Monday board meeting but some felt they needed more in-depth. We want everyone to completely understand," Dozier continued.

Thirty-five positions, including teachers, librarians, counselors and an administrative position, are a part of the RIF plan to be presented during Thursday night's meeting.

With a deficit reaching $4.4 million, Dozier has been given the daunting task of making significant cuts in efforts to reduce the 2012-13 budget.

No names will be mentioned in the budget reduction draft presented to board members, but the positions to be reduced include 12 elementary teachers, two elementary counselors, four elementary librarian positions, seven secondary teaching positions, one Alternative School administrator, three deans of students, two full-time and one part-time Special Education staff professional positions, one district coordinator and two contracted positions in the District Safe & Drug Free schools staff.

Also, part of the plan is to end the Kelly Temporary Services substitute contract as of May 31, 2012.

A $10,000 one-time retirement incentive to certified teachers that have completed or are currently participating in DROP or retirees who have returned to work is also part of the budget reduction plan.

Certified teachers will receive a lump sum payment of $10,000 subject to tax withholdings while returned-to-work retirees that are elected to participate will receive a lump sum payment of $8,000. Priority will be given on a first-come basis and for overstaffed areas.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Educational Services Center on Sheppard Street.

 

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