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Budget causes board to cut two positions

By DIANE VANCE | May 13, 2014

Fairfield Community School District is cutting the equivalent of two teaching positions due to budget concerns, but no teachers are losing a job.

Some teachers will have full time hours reduced.

Monday, the board met in closed session, as allowed for personnel issues, and Nohema Graber, Spanish teacher at Fairfield High School, will have her hours reduced.

All first-year teachers, including Graber, in the Fairfield Community School District received reduction-in-force notices in April, Superintendent Art Sathoff told the school board last month.

The master contract language requires specific procedures for a RIF, and one of those procedures is notifying all teachers new to the profession.

The school board has held closed meetings throughout the past weeks to discuss personnel actions for the teachers who requested closed hearings.

“The recommendations from Superintendent Sathoff have all been acted on now by the board,” said district business manager Kim Sheets today. “We actually won’t be reinstating or hiring back the teachers until Monday, May 19, at the regular monthly board meeting. So that action is still coming.”

Jennifer DeManuele-Kinder, a special education teacher at Fairfield Middle School, will be re-instated, Sheets said.

Cale Curoe, language arts teacher at FMS also received a RIF notice in April, but he has since resigned, said Sheets.

In April, elementary physical education teacher Taylor Hjerleid, who is full time this year, was RIFed for next year. The official wording of the reason is: Realignment of staff; at-risk position/duties eliminated, and cost constraints to the district budget.

Hjerleid will be reinstated at 80 percent of full time for next school year, Sathoff said.

Elementary guidance counselor Kelsie Roland, who is employed at 33 percent full time as guidance counselor and performs middle school guidance secretary duties, was RIFed for next year. The official wording of the reason is: Reduction of a teacher in the first year of their profession, and cost constraints to the district budget.

Roland will be reinstated at 80 percent full time as guidance counselor with no secretary duties for next year, said Sathoff.

The other teachers include Justin Messer, fourth-grade teacher at Pence Elementary School and Lauren Judickas, fourth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School.

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