November 28, 2014

SSC school board will wait to act on cuts

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — As Superintendent Michael Dodge begins transitioning to his new position at Dundee Community School District, the Standish-Sterling Community School District Board will wait to make cuts to the district’s budget.

Board President Dr. Leonard LeClair said the board will make its final decisions over the next two weeks. The district is currently facing approximately $1.9 million in cuts.

“We want to give our acting superintendent (Clinton Potts) a chance to review the proposed cuts,” he said.

Potts was elected as the school district’s acting superintendent at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 31.

At a board of education meeting May 16, Dodge suggested that the board eliminate 12 teaching positions, five non-certified positions, and two administrative positions in an effort to balance the district’s budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Dodge recommended that along with cuts, the district use $438,394 from its fund balance and cut approximately $1.4 million from the district to balance the budget. The district fund currently has approximately $4 million.

According to Dodge’s recommended cuts, eliminating 12 teaching positions would save the district $960,000. Eliminating non-certified positions, which include four custodians and one paraprofessional, would save $218,000. The two administration positions that would be cut, the athletic director and curriculum director, would save the district around $200,000 next fiscal year.

LeClair said that that Dodge’s departure comes at a difficult time for the district.

“It’s definitely another wrinkle in a complicated time for the district,” he said. “His leaving has not made things any easier for us.”

LeClair said the school board and the administrative staff will have to continue to work together to do what is best for the district.

“We need each other to make sure we make the right decisions,” he said. “We need to continue to help each other.”

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