Farmington School District 192 cuts positions, trims hours

/ 26 April 2012 / jennifer

Nathan Hansen, The Farmington Independent, April 26, 2012 –

The Farmington School board approved personnel moves Tuesday that eliminate 22 positions and reduce hours for 36 more district employees.

The approval came as part of the consent agenda at a workshop meeting.

The moves, which affect primarily custodians, educational assistants, nurses and clerical workers, are part of a $1.29 million package of cuts the district is making to balance its budget.

The eliminated positions include 12 custodians, mostly part-time or seasonal employees. Also eliminated are six educational assistant positions, three clerical positions and one media center assistant position.

The reductions affect mostly those same areas, with many district clerical workers seeing a reduction from 2,040 hours to 1,880 or 1,960 per year.

District administrators have said about $580,000 of its planned cuts will affect class size. Another $650,000 are designed to take place away from the classroom.

The proposals made so far have not gone over well with everyone. District secretarial staff attended a school board meeting earlier this month to protest what Akin Road Elementary School secretary Teresa Gregory called “extreme” cuts.

Gregory, president of the union for administrative staff, said secretarial staff has already been asked to take on additional duties such as maintaining school websites and sending out email blasts to parents. Cutting the number of hours secretaries can work will have an impact on day-to-day life in the district, she said.

“Each building staff will have to absorb more duties,” she said. “It’s an understatement to say that the customer service aspect of our job will suffer tremendously.”

Gregory, whose own position was cut 1,880 hours, said there will be a noticeable change in standards at the schools.

Several district clerical employees attended Tuesday’s workshop but left immediately after the personnel moves were approved.