Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Campbell schools to cut staffs


Reduction of 13 called for in budget

BY ANDREA TORTORA
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — The Campbell County School system needs to reduce teaching and support staff by 13 employees, school officials said Tuesday.

        Though the numbers are tentative, the district will drop an assistant principal, seven full-time teachers, one part-time teacher, three full-time classified employees and three part-time classified employees, such as custodians and secretaries, to meet budget needs. The district will add two full-time teachers.

        There is a silver lining. Some schools will actually gain positions, negating the overall cuts.

        “It very well may be that we can meet those reductions through retirements and resignations,” Treasurer Mark Vogt said.

        Each of the district's eight schools already knows what its budget allocation will be for next school year, including the loss of any employees, spokesman Chris Gramke said.

        Schools were asked to figure out how to help the district meet a projected deficit of $816,000. A two-year drop in enrollment, equipment and transportation costs, and a 4 percent salary increase scheduled for all employees have contributed to the budget crunch.

        Here is what individual schools face:

        • Alexandria Elementary will lose two primary teachers, one fourth-grade teacher, one assistant principal and a part-time custodian or clerk. The school will have 23 teachers, five full-time and one part-time secretaries or aides and three custodians. Total wages and benefits are $995,425.

        • Cline Elementary will gain one fourth-grade teacher and lose a custodian or clerk. The school will have 27 teachers, one part-time and five full-time secretaries or aides and two custodians. Total wages and benefits are $982,622.

        • Grants Lick Elementary will lose a part-time kindergarten teacher, one fourth-grade teacher and a part-time custodian or clerk. The school will have 14 teachers, three full-time and one part-time secretaries or aides and two custodians. Total wages and benefits are $567,873.

        • Highland Heights Elementary will lose a custodian or clerk. The school will have 12 teachers, three secretaries or aides and two custodians. Total wages and benefits are $525,847.

        • Jolly Elementary will lose one custodian or clerk. The school will have 12 teachers, three secretaries or aides and two custodians. Total wages and benefits are $445,966.

        • Reiley Elementary will gain one fifth-grade teacher and lose a part-time custodian or clerk. The school will have 27 teachers, one part-time and five full-time secretaries or aides and two custodians. Total wages and benefits are $971,650.

        • Campbell County Middle School will lose three teachers. The school will have 65 teachers, six secretaries or aides and nine custodians. Total wages and benefits are $2,451,221.

        • Campbell County High School will lose not lose any teachers. The school will have 83 teachers, eight secretaries or aides and 11 custodians. Total wages and benefits are $3,197,543.

        The Campbell County school board will take a final vote on the budget May 24.

       



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