Tri-Creek cuts one, spares two other teachers

2014-06-24T17:00:00Z 2014-06-24T21:49:09Z Tri-Creek cuts one, spares two other teachersMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 24, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Corp. board cut one teacher in response to decreased enrollment and reduced funds, school officials said.

Although music teacher Mallory Julian's position was cut, Superintendent Debra Howe said two other targeted positions were spared.

"Title 1 allocations came in $100,000 higher than anticipated," Howe said Monday. "This allowed us to continue with an elementary literacy coach, thus opening up the means to keep the two elementary teachers listed for a reduction in force."

Rumblings of a reduction in staff brought teachers before the School Board last month to defend their positions and voice concerns.

Since 2009, Tri-Creek has lost about $1.5 million in funding correlating with 311 fewer students during that period.

To combat declining enrollment, the board recently approved open enrollment allowing students living outside the district to attend Tri-Creek Schools.

The board also is looking at increasing CTE classes, once known as vocational, because "federal money comes with that," Howe said.

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