LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education is laying off four teachers and reducing the hours of a fifth employee.
The board at Monday’s meeting approved the layoffs of four full time teachers — middle school teacher Ron Patton and elementary teachers Kim Tompsett, Brenda Morgan and Ashley Reese — effective June 19. Also, Lakeview Elementary School teacher Kate Albert will have her hours reduced to half time.
“This is always tough,” said Board President Ed Jonaitis. “We’re losing students and it’s always hard when we have to reduce staff. We regret the layoffs, but we have to act in the best interest of the district. The administration does the best they can, but it is difficult.”
Board member David England echoed Jonaitis’ comments, noting that the layoffs are being implemented due to a reduction of students, rather than funding.
“These (layoffs) are different than in the past,” England said. “They’re being pushed by student numbers, and it just makes me sad.”
Also at Monday’s meeting, the school board heard a presentation about an anti-bullying program.
Lakeview Middle School students Lee Ringlever and Victor Woodman explained the ways in which the Yellow Ribbon Club has battled bullying during the current school year. The club, Ringlever said, holds several informational events throughout the year.
“We’ve had the opportunity to be positive role models at the middle school and even the elementary school by tutoring kindergartners and first graders that needed help,” Ringlever explained. “To promote positive behavior, we organized a dance for the sixth and seventh graders, and did Mother’s Day crafts that we presented to our moms; we just really wanted to recognize mothers for what they do for us.”
The group also raised about $1,000 for a needy area family.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the school board approved the purchase of Chromebooks and iPads for students as part of the district’s 1:1 Devices program. Under the program, each middle and high school student next school year will have access to an “e-device” to be used for research, homework and other school related activities.
In other business, board members heard committee reports from the policy/communications, personnel/finance and building and grounds committees.
The board meets next on July 14.