Hibbing schools cuts less than anticipated

/ 12 May 2012 / jennifer

Anna Kurth, Hibbing Daily Tribune, May 12, 2012 –

HIBBING — Hibbing School Board directors last week adopted resolutions relating to the termination of three probationary teachers.

The reductions come as a result of budget cuts the district must make at this time, said Superintendent Robert Belluzzo.

“I believe that we will be looking at ways in the next coming months to add back some staff,” he said.

The three affected teachers are Michele Johannsen, Sarah Andrews and Jennifer Benedict.

The reduction of a Title I position is in part precautionary because Title I funding for next year is still unknown, Belluzzo said.

“It’s my belief that Title I needs to support itself,” he said.

The resolutions were adopted separately. All three were approved unanimous.

Belluzzo added that the reductions are less than first anticipated.

The expiration of one-time federal JOBS funding had left a hole in the budget, but the district was able to fill the majority of the loss through other means leading to a smaller staffing reduction, he said.

“That’s some good news on top of some bad news,” he said.

In other business, directors:

  • Accepted the resignations for purposes of retirement of Elementary Principal Kathleen Antilla and Community Education Director Linda Arnebeck.
  • Approved revisions to the Internet acceptable use policy. The policy includes information for educating students on appropriate behavior online, cyber bullying behavior and social networking. The information will be addressed at the primary grades as well as at the seventh grade as students transition into the high school, Belluzzo said. Acceptable Internet use also will be addressed in the eighth through 12th grade classrooms on an as-needed basis, he said.
  • Approved a student trip to New York for fine arts seniors from June 4 to June 8 under the direction of Choir Director Will Seykora.

Anna Kurth can be reached at akurth@hibbingdailytribune.net.