The West Central School Board last week took the first steps to lay off teachers if necessary. Superintendent Don Street says the corporation has lost nearly $500,000 due to changes in the way the state funds schools. He stressed the corporation is not in financial trouble but says it’s important to reduce expenses accordingly due to a decline in enrollment and financial support.
Street says West Central is cutting back in other areas such as supplies while focusing on maintaining a high quality education. He says no programs will be slashed.
“The prudent thing is that we need to cut back on some of our staff. We’re planning for that. It’s not something you want to do, but it’s the fiscal, responsible thing to do based on our enrollment and how the state of Indiana has cut our general fund.”
Street doesn’t know yet how many reduction in force, or RIF, notices will be sent. State law requires the corporation to notify affected employees in writing between May 1st and July 1st. Street says every effort will be made to move employees around to fill any openings created through retirements or resignations that need to be filled.