Teachers, parents and students took turns speaking at Monday’s Ripon Area School Board meeting in opposition to proposed cuts on the agenda.
In the end, though, School Board members decided there was no other way to solve the district’s budget woes, as they unanimously approved more than $1 million in cuts over the next two years.
That figure was necessary even after an estimated $1 million savings from employees contributing more to their pension and health insurance, as well as a change in health insurance premiums.
To achieve this budget reduction, the School Board opted to change the school days at both the high school and middle school to seven periods (down from the current eight), which caused the elimination of several positions. This will result in the loss of one full-time and one part-time teacher.
Several other positions have been changed or eliminated district-wide as well, but only one other staff member will be losing her job.
In January, the district was expecting to cut $45,000 from this year’s budget. But, Gov. Scott Walker’s new Budget Repair Bill and Biennial Budget Bill quickly changed the scene.
Read the full story in the April 21, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.