STANTON — Because of program and budget cuts, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education made the decision to eliminate a staff position.
During Wednesday’s meeting, MAISD Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht told the board that because of the economy, the reduction has to take place.
“Due to the economy, we have to make the reduction in staff,” he said. “We have had to reduce staff over the years to stay within budget and by fiscally (responsible).”
The special education supervisor position will be eliminated this September.
“Do we know of any retirements in the near feature, so we don’t have to do this?” asked Treasurer Mark Christensen.
According to Kathleen Flynn, associate superintendent of special education, she did not know of any retirements coming up.
“It’s unfortunate it has to come to this,” said Vice President Chris Bradshaw. “I understand we have to do what we have to do, but it’s unfortunate.”
The board approved — with regret — the reduction in staff. The board noted a letter of recommendation will be written for the employee and possible networking will be available.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved employment for non-union employees. Koenigsknecht said this includes positions such as some administration and support staff.