N.J.-S.P. Board to Discuss Right Sizing Plans Tonight

NJ-SP School Board 2015-2016The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will discuss details of the “right sizing” framework adopted at their February meeting during a public forum this evening at the high school auditorium. The special-called meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Interim Superintendent Bob Boyd says adjustments are necessary due to declining enrollment and drastic cuts in state funding. He told the school board the number of students at N.J.-S.P. has decreased by a third over the past decade and is not expected to rebound.

The right-sizing plan includes operating one elementary school for grades K through 6 and one junior/senior high school for grades 7 through 12. Boyd says this will remove one layer of administration as a cost saving measure.

Staff cuts are also anticipated, but specifics have yet to be outlined. That information could be part of tonight’s presentation. Boyd says state statute requires any necessary cuts to be made on the basis of performance, but it remains up to the corporation to work out how that will be defined.

A public comment period will be offered after the presentation, according to the advance agenda.