It looks like a Monday Night Massacre is set for the regular meeting of the Garden Valley School District. A GUARDIAN reader sent us the agenda and said “the majority” of staff–including teachers–will lose jobs if the measures on the agenda are passed.
An insider tells the GUARDIAN it breaks down like this: “There are only approx 21.5 teachers and eight are on the block Monday. All seven para-professionals are on the block and three out of four admin folks. We do have
some other custodians and a person in the kitchen.”
Whether it’s a direct response to the Tom Luna education reforms passed by the legislature or the recent override levy that was vetoed by district patrons, the following proposed staff reduction items are on the meeting agenda:
5. Consideration of motion to terminate the employment effective close-of-business, June 30, 2011, for budgetary reasons, all clerical personnel as follows:
A. Clerical Employee A, Clerical Employee B, Clerical Employee C.
6. Consideration of motion to terminate the employment for budgetary reasons, effective close-of-business, May 27, 2011, all instructional paraprofessionals as follows:
A. Instructional Paraprofessional A, B, C, D, E, F, G.
7. Consideration of motion to terminate the employment for budgetary reasons, effective the end of their contracted school year, all Category 2 and Category 3 elementary teachers as follows:
A. Elementary Teacher A, B, C, D, and E.
8. Consideration of motion to terminate the employment for budgetary reasons, effective the end or their contracted school year, all Category 2 and Category 3 secondary elective subject teachers as follows:
A. Teacher A, B, and C.
Garden Valley might be the first “financial disaster” in Idaho education if the motions before the board are passed. They have run out of money to continue the same level of service to the 230 or so kids in the mountainous district that stretches from Lowman to Crouch along two forks of the Payette River.
GV SCHOOLS SUPER OFFERS A CALMER VOICE
“The board meeting set for Monday is neither “bloody” nor the result of Tom Luna’s education initiatives. It is the result of several years of declining revenue in the State of Idaho.
Each affected employee has been briefed and is fully aware these layoffs are procedural. We intend to hire most back after resetting our budget to the new reality.
The Garden Valley School District has avoided the salary and staff cuts many districts have made the last two years. Good fiscal stewardship by the Trustees, and a healthy cash reserve has protected programs and staff.
This year, cuts must made, and our commitment to staff was to give them the earliest possible warning they and/or their programs may be reduced or eliminated. We have done that.
The motions before the Board on Monday should be no surprise to anyone in our valley, they were discussed at every Levy hearing, and in open session board meetings.
The District is simply positioning itself to realign its staffing and establish the class sizes and elective programs it can afford given the funding allowed. Again, this is not a “financial disaster,” but rather a procedural move to realign expenditures.”
Mike Tomlin, Superintendent of Schools
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