N.J.-S.P. Board to Approve “Right Sizing” Reductions Tonight

NJ-SP School Board 2015-2016The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will vote tonight on staff cuts to “right size” the corporation in the wake of declining enrollment. Interim Superintendent Dr. Bob Boyd told community members during a special-called meeting two weeks ago that the number of students has shrunk drastically over the past decade.

“We are now 60-percent of what we used to be,” Boyd said. “Our operation and organizational structure needs to reflect being 60-percent of what we used to be. And again, I’ll remind you, it can be done.”

Next year 6th grade students will be moved into the elementary school building. Boyd says the middle and high schools will be combined administratively. The corporation will have a junior/senior high school principal, assistant principal and director of athletics, although it’s not clear whether the latter position will be combined with another administrative role. The elementary school principal will round out the corporation’s administrative team.

Boyd says the school board and administrative staff are taking a careful look at employees with regard to their contribution to the enterprise, their skill sets and what will best meet the district’s needs. He concedes that’s no easy task.

Tonight’s school board meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the central office board meeting room.