Easton Area School District votes to eliminate 43 positions
19 teaching positions eliminated
The Easton Area School Board approved the elimination of 43 positions, 19 of which are teachers, during Tuesday night’s meeting.
The majority of the teaching positions cut, 14, came through attrition, according to Michael Simonetta, EASD chief operating officer, following the meeting.
A breakdown of the staff cuts are as follows:
- Easton Area High School will lose a total of six teachers, one each in French, Spanish, Special Education, Technology Education, Family and Consumer Science and English as a Second Language.
- Easton Area Middle School in seventh and eighth grades lose one “Read 180” teacher
- Easton Area Middle School in fifth and sixth grades lose one special education teacher
- Kindergarten through fourth grades schools will lose one librarian and seven classroom teachers
- District-wide the EASD will lose one home and school visitor, certified school nurse, and athletic trainer
- The district will lose two Technology Integration Specialists as part of non-certified Act 93 positions
- Various support staff positions were also eliminated, including seven custodial workers, one full-time general maintenance job, one class A instructional paraprofessional full-time job and one part-time, one part-time administrative professional and 11 assistant coaches.
Superintendent Susan McGinley explained to the board that the district's head coaches would be the ones making the decisions on which assistants would be relieved of their duties.
The district is no stranger to layoffs. Last year EASD cut 131 jobs and in 2010 a total of 70 teachers were furloughed.
Last month the board approved a $134.3 million budget that cut staff members and also raised taxes by 1.7 percent. The tax hike means the average property owner with a home assessed at $60,000 will pay an extra $56.
Simonetta said the district will use $750,000 from the general fund balance to produce the balanced budget.
In addition, the board approved a resolution reorganizing administrators and assigned the soon-to-be-departed McGinley the position of fifth grade principal at Easton Area Middle School.
Her contact as superintendent was not renewed and expires June 30th.
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