Knox School Board Approves Reductions In Force

Knox-School-Board-2014The Knox School took “reduction in force” action Monday night, giving notice to five employees. Before the action Kindra Hunt, president of the Knox Federation of Teachers, gave a presentation asking the board to review and reconsider the “rif” decision.

Contracts were cancelled for Mark Victor, KMS; Eleanor Johnston, KHS Special Needs; Elaine Kelly, KES Pre-School aide; Sue Lippner, KHS Special Needs aide; and Delores Surfus, KMS secretary.

Several of the board members expressed regrets about the “rif” decision and suggested actions to better promote the school assets and bring in new students to help the financial situation. An expansion of the school’s website was suggested. One area of expense to be given a closer look is extracurricular activities. President Kirk Bennett suggested a further “tightening of belts” after a more complete study of the 2016 budget to see if “rif” could be avoided thus reinstating the five personnel. He requested a pre-budget forecast be developed for the next meeting.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the budget is to be submitted to the County Council on August 20th. Other dates include a hearing on September 21st and adoption on October 19th.

In other business, the board will meet with the building construction team on July 9th. And, a cheer squad fund raiser was approved for a cheer mini camp.