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FINANCIAL PLIGHT: ‘Busco administrators give explanation

December 23, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Lacking funds for Smith-Green Com-munity Schools has resulted in a plan to reduce district’s staff by a total of six teachers and one administrator. However, when school administrators announced the hiring of a new chemistry teacher, some of the public raised an eyebrow?

Churubusco Junior-Senior High School had been employing a long-term substitute in the Chemistry position since the beginning of the school year.

This position was left vacant when Jim Folland became CJSHS principal.
School leaders believed the substitute solution was not a practical or economical way to run the class.

A substitute teacher is not necessarily equipped to specifically teach high school chemistry or plan lessons. Some of these responsibilities fell back on Folland to do in addition to his duties as principal.
Traditional teachers at SGCS are paid out of the General Fund, which is funded by the state. As state funding to public schools has been cut in increasing amounts as of late, that reduces the amount available for teacher salaries.

Therefore, SGCS school board voted to cut three teachers from the elementary and three from the high school in 2013, with Churubusco Elementary School’s vice principal, Nicole Veit, in 2014, if nothing changes to improve the current financial path.

In addition to the cuts, $82,589 has to be pulled from the expected cash balance in 2013 and $61,273 in 2014. The school board is looking at the possibility of having to pull money from the Rainy Day Fund as well in 2014. Smith-Green Community School’s is receiving $200,000 less government funding than last year.

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