Although not as severe as in past years, still some tough budget cutting decisions to make tonight for the Quincy School Board.
Among them - finalizing the decision to lay off thirteen paraeducators as we reported earlier this week. The board voted to cut thirteen total paraeducators, including at five elementary schools, Baldwin, the junior and senior high schools, and the early childhood center.
Board president Bill Daniels says it's a hard position to be in as a school board. "It's difficult to do, but it's something that we're sort of pushed in, that we have to do because if we're not sure what our funding is going to be like or what positions we need, we have to release now - because if we don't, we have to employ them, whether we need them or not," he said.
The loss of the 13 paraeducators were the only major cuts this year.
By law, the board had to finalize these budget cuts by the end of the month.
The President of the QFT was also present at the meeting. She declined our request for an interview.
In other big news for the district, newly hired superintendent Steve Cobb will be on the job earlier than expected - he'll now start next month.
the board voted to modify Cobb's contract so that he will begin work on April 15th.
They also modified interim superintendent Joel Murphy's contract to reflect that change, so he can step back to his regular duties as business manager.
The board also approved plans to re-organize the central office, and plans for special education for the next school year.
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