The Quincy School Board has voted to cut 28 teaching positions and freeze 22 administrators' salaries for the next school year.
School board members met for two hours tonight to discuss ways to reduce the district's budget by $2 million.
Most of that meeting was spent in closed session.
The board met at the Quincy School Board conference room, which turned out to be standing room only.
The Quincy School Board voted to eliminate teachers who fall into the following categories -- non-final year probationary teachers; non-final year probationary teachers for economic reasons; and final year probationary teachers. Eight educators will resign at the end of the 2008-2009 school year, and the school board has decided not to fill those positions. The cuts combined with the vacancies that will not be filled means 28 teaching positions will be eliminated. That's 5.6 percent of the Quincy Public School's teachers.
Are students going to suffer because of the cuts in teachers?
Superintendent Lonny Lemon says, "I'm hoping to say no. Our staff has always been so good. This has happened many times during the last 30 years of Quincy Public Schools, and our staff is great. I know they'll come to work just as hard, and it's our hope they'll find their way."
Board President Tom Dickerson said the board felt the reductions should be shared by administrators.
Dickerson says, "As difficult as that is and as hard as they work, it wasn't really about that. It's about sharing the burden that our whole district is facing during hard economic times. We don't take joy in what we've had to do."
Lemon says the board plans to hold another special meeting on April 20th to decide which "classified" or "non-teaching" employees will lose their jobs. He said the board had to act today on teaching cuts in order to comply with Illinois state codes.
Here's a list of teachers who will lose their jobs:
NON-FINAL YEAR PROBATION TEACHERS 1. SHADE,SHIRLEY QHS2. KIPPING, SARAH QHS3. PERRINE, LYNDEE JUNIOR HIGH4. PRENGER, CRISTI JUNIOR HIGH
NON-FINAL YEAR PROBATIONARY TEACHERS FOR ECONOMIC REASONS5. FEE, NIKKI WASHINGTON6. MEYER, MARY BERRIAN
NON-FINAL YEAR PROBATIONARY PART-TIME/PART-YEAR TEACHERS ECONOMIC REASONS7. BOTTORFF, KAREN QHS8. FORBES, VICTORIA BERRIAN9. LUADERS, ROCHELLE QHS10. BREMSER,JAMES QHS11. SCHRAND, JIM DISTRICT12. SCHWARTZKOPF, ANN BALDWIN13. STEERS, JUDY QJHS14. MAYS, SHARON DISTRICT
FINAL YEAR PROBATIONARY TEACHERS15. LARSON, KELLI WASHINTON16. SCHREACKE, ERICA MONROE
RESIGNATIONS (Effective at the end of the 2008-2009 school year) 17. STOFFER, CHRISTINA BALDWIN S18. RICHMILLER, JENNIFER BALDWIN N19. ENGELBRECHT, ANNE DISTRICT MUSIC20. BORROWMAN, ASHLEY DISTRICT SPEECH-LANGUAGE21. SIMPSON, TAWNIA BALDWIN S22. JOHNSON, JERRY QJHS23. BUNCH, CINDY BALDWIN N24. VOSS, AMY QJHS
APPOINTMENT (Effective for the 2009-2010 school year)25. R KAYLA CRAWFORD, Speech & Language Therapist. Salary: MS+20 0 years experience= $37,041. Effective for the 2009-2010 school year.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE26. LEANNE HOLLENSTEINER, paraeducator at QHS, requesting a leave of absense effective for the 2009-2010 school year.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENT27. CAMMIE MOCK- Summer Academy Clerical. 3-4 hours daily as needed (evenings and weekends). Salary: Timesheet $10/hr-temporary position. Effective March 14-July 3, 2009.
RESIGNATIONS28. MEGAN JACKSON, paraeducator at Baldwin West, effective at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
Administration Subject to Proposed Salary Freeze B. Shane Barnes Transportation DirectorKelle Bunch Madison PrincipalAnne Cashman Ellington PrincipalJody Cooper Title I/Testing/TechnologySara Cramer Washington PrincipalCynthia Crow Baldwin South PrincipalChrstine Dickens Assistant SuperintendentKathi Dooley Music DirectorJerry Ellerman Dewey PrincipalDiane Glaub Junior High PrincipalKristen Kendrick Special Education DirectorRichard Owsley Junior High Assistant Principal/Student ServicesLonny B. Lemon SuperintendentPamela J. Rein Irving Alternative School/Director Alternative ProgramsJill Reis Berrian PrincipalWilliam Sanders High School Assistant Principal/Student ServicesMelanie Schrand Baldwin West PrincipalJulie Schuckman Early Childhood DirectorJody Steinke Junior High Assistant Principal/Curriculum & InstructionJulie Stratman Monroe PrincipalPatricia Sullivan-Viniard Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum & InstructionMarcey Wells Adams Principal