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April 11, 2014

D-80 OKs staff changes

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The district staff changes were approved following a lengthy closed session Wednesday night.

Green said staffing will remain a key topic of concern for the district moving into next year.

The district, he said, will have 17 retirements at the end of this school year, including two administrators, four teachers, one counselor and 10 classified employees. The term “classified” applies to non-certified positions such as secretaries, aides and custodians.

Green said 17 is an unusually high number of retirements to have in one year.

“I would say we typically average around six to eight,” Green said.

The District 80 Board will be gradually filling some of these open positions from now until July.

Even so, it’s unclear whether all the departing staff will be able to be replaced, since the district’s financial picture for next school year is still up in the air, Green said.

The Illinois Legislature has not yet approved the state budget and that usually takes place in July, Green said. State reimbursements are an important factor in the district’s finances, he said.

“It’s just based on economics,” Green said. “We want to replace them, but we’re just monitoring state finances.”

District 80 faculty and staff who are retiring this year include: Barnfield; V. Carlene Brown, assistant principal at Casey Middle School; Becky Deaton, teacher at the Primary Center; Helene Moore, teacher at Primary; Robin Tolbert, teacher at Pre-K; Julia Laur, teacher at Primary; Theresa Degenhart, Pre-K offsite supervisor; and Sarah Martin, social service coordinator at the Dr. Andy Hall Early Childhood Center.

The rest of the retirees are: secretaries Reva Maurer and Vivian Wood; library aide Gail Haskins; tech aide Marcia Vowell; parent coordinator (aide) Bev Mays; and aides Donna Shelton, Marsha Schrum, Kathy Harvey and Mary Ann Morris.

Other District 80 Board actions Wednesday included:

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