The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 20, 2013

D118 board cuts 24 positions

Dobbles: A necessity for budget


DANVILLE — District 118 School Board members on Wednesday approved a recommendation not to extend contracts to three classroom teachers, one part-time teacher and two educational support personnel for the 2013-2014 school year.

Although a total of 24 positions will be cut throughout the district next school year, the majority of those are being eliminated through attrition and retirements.

The affected personnel who will receive 75-day notices of a Reduction in Force include two School Administration Managers, one at North Ridge Middle School and one at South View Middle School; two elementary school teachers; one middle school teacher; and one part-time middle school teacher.

“I regret the reductions,” Superintendent Mark Denman said.

Board president Bill Dobbles said the cuts were necessary to help balance the district’s budget.

“We’re not happy to make these reductions … but salaries and benefits make up more than 70 percent of our budget,” he said.

The 24 positions that will be eliminated next school year include:

n Fourteen elementary school teachers, eight of whom are through attrition: 11 classroom teachers, one special education teacher, one music teacher and one physical education teacher.

n Three middle school teachers, two of whom are through attrition: one art teacher, one computer teacher and one math coach.

n Five high school teachers, four of whom are through attrition: one credit recovery teacher, one math teacher, one science teacher, one physical education teacher and one business teacher.

There was no Reduction in Force of district personnel last year. In 2011, seven educational support personnel were cut and the hours of two teachers and an educational support person were reduced.

Also Wednesday, school board members approved the appointment of Angelique Simon as assistant principal of North Ridge Middle School, effective July 1, at a salary of $74,578 plus benefits.

Simon formerly held the position from 2009 until last year, at which time she took a one-year leave of absence during the 2012-2013 school year to work on an advanced education degree.

Previously, Simon has taught at Northeast Elementary Magnet and Meade Park Elementary schools from 2004 to 2008 and served as an administrative intern at South View Middle School during the 2008-2009 school year.

“She did a good job as an administrator,” Denman told the board.