Board votes to cut teachers
JANESVILLE--The Janesville School Board voted unanimously to cut the equivalent of about 130 full-time positions Wednesday, most of them teachers.
The board also voted to issue layoff notices to cover those cuts, but how many notices was not clear.
The district could refill some of those positions later if money becomes available, officials said.
The board’s actions leave some teachers with difficult decisions to make, said Dave Parr, president of the Janesville Education Association.
Speaking after the meeting, Parr explained that a teacher whose position is eliminated could bump another teacher out of that teacher’s job.
A counselor, for example, might have a license to be a math teacher, and she could bump a math teacher who has less seniority.
But once the counselor takes the new job, she will not be able to go back to being a counselor, even if that’s the job she loves to do, Parr said.
The only other option would be for the counselor to resign with no guarantee of being rehired, Parr said.
“People are put into kind of a tough spot,” school board President Bill Sodemann said.
Parr said he worked with the administration all day Wednesday and would continue to work on a solution to the problem. Superintendent Karen Schulte expressed willingness to find that solution.
Schulte said her highest priority at the moment is to find ways to save money elsewhere so more staff positions can be saved. At the same time, however, she has to be mindful of the need to fill a $13.4 million deficit projected for next year’s budget.
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