Gwinn Schools rearrange budget to keep all teachers; Jayne to retire
Gwinn Schools will not be cutting busing this year to K.I. Sawyer, and they will also not be laying off any teachers.
The school board announced at their meeting Tuesday night, their administration has been able to cut more than $411,000 from their general budget, with up to $100,000 in additional savings in the works.
The Gwinn School District is reducing their budget to address an unexpected debt. At the end of the last fiscal year, they were $406,000 in the red.
By the next board meeting Dec. 18, they will have a plan in place to combine second- and third-grade class at K.I. Sawyer Elementary. This will redefine the responsibility of one teacher, into a kindergarten through third-grade "literacy coach," removing the need to lay any teachers off.
"What that does, is it eliminates one teacher that's funded out of the general fund at K.I. Sawyer, but that teacher would then turn around and be funded through a grant," Gwinn Area Community Schools Superintendent Tom Jayne said.
A literacy coach will provide kindergarten through third-grade teachers an additional staff member in their class to assist with students.
According to administration, sports programs will not be cut, and at the meeting Tuesday, the board decided to table any changes to bussing and custodial services in the district until next summer.
"I'm feeling really positive moving forward, we're really lucky to have Tom staying on through this transition process, to make this go as smooth as possible," Gwinn Board of Education President Ashley Jenema said.
Replacing Jayne as superintendent is Sandra Petrovich, Gwinn High School and Middle School principal.
"I've been working in the community for 18-plus years and I know many of the families and the students," Petrovich said. "So taking care of them these last 18 years, moving into the position of superintendent allows me to continue that care."
The Gwinn Board of Education also appointed John Waldo for one year, to fill the vacant Board of Education seat, left after the resignation of former board president Ron Lauren.
The next board meeting will be Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gwinn High School library.