Preston School District cuts costs, days, programs to save money

It was a wrenching task but Preston School District Superintendent Barbara Taylor says more than $1 million has been cut from the budget and efforts have been made to equalize the cuts across the board wherever possible.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Tayor said administrative cuts were not exempt. For example, she says the Pioneer school principal retired and instead of hiring a new person the duties have been picked up by other administrators.”Mr. Cossley will be going to Pioneer as the Principal,” Taylor said. “He will be housed at Pioneer, that will be his primary responsibility. He will oversee the principal duties at our alternative school and he will also continue his duties as the special ed director.”Other changes: the high school principal will take on transportation, the junior high principal will coordinate testing with us, I am going to take on special programs.”Wrestling will be done away with at the junior high school, athletic fees will go up and athletic teams will compete closer to home. The biggest change is that all schools in the Preston District will be moving to a four-day week on a trial basis starting next year.Taylor says high school students will attend school 90 minutes longer each day while students in Kindergarten through 8th grade will spend about 65 more minutes in the classroom.”As far as our teachers go, they will be taking three days furlough this upcoming school year,” Taylor explained. “Those days will be on days when the students are not in session. “We are not furloughing any days where the students will be impacted. The teachers are taking a furlough day in November, in February and in May.”Taylor said among those who will be hurt most by the four day week are the bus drivers, school lunch workers and others who will actually be losing one day, or 20 percent of their pay.

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