FOSTER – The Boone County Board of Education (BOE) recently approved job cuts for the 2017-2018 school year.
According to Superintendent Jeff Huffman the BOE cut the equivalent of 58 jobs for the upcoming school year but the actual number of people is less than 58.
These cuts range from professional personnel to service personnel and come from all departments and schools in the county.
“We looked at administrative positions, instructional positions, support positions,” said Huffman. “With service personnel it was in nearly every classification.”
“Some of the position reductions were made through the reduction of employment days as opposed to eliminating a full position,” said Huffman.
According to Huffman if there are more retirements and resignations the individuals terminated would have first priority to get their jobs back.
“There are professional positions, we will start posting positions for next year about May 17,” said Huffman.
“A lot of these people will be able to retain employment,” said Huffman. “It will be they will have to be in a different area.”
“But not everyone will regain employment,” said Huffman.
Even though there are vacant positons the law does not allow the BOE to just transfer a person from one position to another. They have to go through the process of posting and having an individual apply for a specific job posting.
According to Huffman the revenue for the upcoming school year is projected to drop approximately $5 million less than this year’s revenue.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.