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      Quincy School Board to make decisions on staff cuts

      UPDATED: March 6 at 7:40 a.m.

      During a special meeting of the Quincy School Board last night, members approved raises for non-union personnel.

      According to the Quincy Journal, those pay increases mirror raises given to teachers and para-educators last year.

      Employees on a salary schedule will receive half of a step increase and a small group of hourly employees will receive a 1 percent raise.Quincy Superintendent of Schools Lonny Lemon said 129 employees are affected.Teachers are receiving a .8 percent raise this year and a 1.5 percent raise next year. Para-educators are receiving a .6 percent raise this year and a 1.2 percent raise next year.Administrators will receive a $328 raise. Click here to read more in the Quincy Journal.

      The Board also voted to request using 700 thousand dollars in life safety bonds from the State for new plumbing at Quincy High School.


      Original Story: March 5

      March 5 is the first of two special Quincy School Board meetings focused around the district's tough budget crisis.

      In addition to a closed session to discussed potential cuts to the upcoming budget year, board members will also discuss using life-safety funds for $700 thousand dollars worth of plumbing repairs at Quincy High School.

      They will also consider compensation for non-union employees in the district.

      Next Monday a public hearing is scheduled to hear public feedback on slated layoffs of certificated employees.

      The staff cuts will be formally announced during its regular monthly meeting March 21. That's when the board is expected to outline about $1 million in cuts in the district's deficit reduction plan adopted last month. If the district lays off teachers, they must be notified at that time.

      Tonight's meeting begins at six in the Quincy School Board office.

      Meanwhile voters go to the polls next month to vote on working-cash bond issue to help reduce the district's current deficit. There is another informational forum on the bond issue set for March 6 at the Quincy Tea Party's meeting at Turner Hall. Here's when you can watch the League of Women Voters and PTA working cash bond forum re-air on KHQA.