7 Jobs Affected By Layoffs, Attrition In Watertown School District

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Seven positions in the Watertown City School District will be eliminated this year.

At a Watertown school board meeting Tuesday afternoon,  Superintendent Terry Fralick said three people will be laid off, including one high school art teacher and two workers in the buildings and grounds department.

Four other positions will be eliminated by workers who are resigning, retiring or finishing a special assignment.

Those include two teachers, a clerical worker and an intern who has been working as an assistant principal.

"We are going to be losing talent and we are going to have some programs that are in the high school art program that are going to be cut back," Fralick said.

The cuts will help the district save $476,000.

Fralick says the budget is so tight, the district will likely use up its fund balance of approximately $11 million.

"Our fund balance is going to be depleted in a year and a half unless we receive a significant increases in state aid," Fralick said.

School leaders say cuts have nothing to do with the performance of the people being let go. They say these cuts will be painful for everyone.

"You'll likely see some larger classes, you'll likely see fewer electives," said Michael Flick, the school board's president.

"You start cutting back to just core classes, the things you have to deliver," Flick said.

The school board adopted the 2013-2014 spending plan earlier this month.

It would raise tax levy by 5 percent and dip heavily into reserves.

The public votes on the budget next month.

School officials still have tough decisions ahead. Fralick says the district will have to make about $1 million in cuts over the next few years.

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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