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April 7, 2013

District 118 board to consider cuts

DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members Wednesday will consider a reduction in force (RIF) connected to the elimination of the district’s commissary department at East Park Elementary School.

Last month, the school board approved a list of cuts and other recommendations that would save the district $3 million in the next fiscal year.

The list included the elimination of 24 positions through attrition, retirements and RIFs. The total savings from eliminating the 24 positions is $2.12 million, which is higher than it normally would be for 24 employees because of the large number of retirees that are leaving the district at the end of the school year.

Among the other cost savings recommendations, which totaled $956,310, were eliminating the commissary department at East Park Elementary School that would impact the four staff members who make bulk food items, such as cookies and spaghetti sauce, for the whole district.

Those food items would be made by each individual school for a cost savings of $56,310.

Superintendent Mark Denman said “because the four employees in the commissary department are senior employees, they will be bumping newer employees.”

Denman said the bumping in seniority will mean that three newer food service employees will have their hours reduced next school year.

“The three employees will have less hours, but they are not losing their positions,” he said.

Also on Wednesday, school board members will:

--Consider approving the appointment for ACE house assistant principal at Danville High School to replace Phil Cox who will become DHS principal next school year after Principal Mark Neil retires.

--Hear which District 118 employees will receive the Vermilion County Golden Ruler Award on April 23. They are: Ellen Baker, learning resource clerk at North Ridge Middle School; Sarah Bogen, data instructional facilitator at Garfield Elementary School; Linda Culotti, prekindergarten coordinator at East Park Elementary School; Ron Henton, director of buildings and grounds; Robin Johnson, food service worker at Liberty Elementary School; Martha Juarez, teaching assistant and family liaison at the Jackson Building; Jean Lichtenberger, secretary at Kenneth D. Bailey Academy; Linda Parson, teaching assistant in special education at DHS; Meghan Siwecki, language arts/science teacher at South View Middle School; and Kelly Truex, data instructional facilitator at Southwest Elementary School.

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