Jobs, most programs reinstated by school board

By on April 30, 2010

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday adopted a resolution to hire back the first, second, third, fourth-year and part-time teachers let go in a cost-cutting measure taken last month. The plan would have eliminated as many as 30 certified teaching and professional positions.

The jobs were saved when the Kaneland Education Association (KEA) agreed to put off until the following year a salary increase for 2010-11 that had been negotiated in its contract, saving the district $1.1 million. With this salary freeze, the teachers now join the rest of the district personnel, whose salaries had already been frozen for the coming school year in an attempt to address the deficit.

Although fifth-grade band will still be eliminated, the district reinstated cuts made to the middle school and high school athletics and clubs. The Loredo Taft field trip will also still be eliminated.

While the second phase of cuts will not be implemented, the first phase of reductions will go forward, including 23 positions to be lost through attrition, a reduction in spending for supplies and professional development, as well as the elimination of the after-practice bus service.

According to Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Jeff Schuler, the total of all budget reductions for 2010-11 is $4.3 million.