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Hillsboro-Deering School District reduces 3.5 positions in final budget adjustments

Though only three and a half positions were eliminated in the Hillsboro-Deering School District, administrators are dealing with many changes – including the announcement Monday night that Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School Principal Noreen McAloon will leave after this school year – as they work to accommodate a $1 million reduction in the proposed district budget.

The Hillsboro-Deering School Board recently approved a budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year that eliminates three teachers and a part-time guidance counselor; after voters at the deliberative session cut $1 million from the district proposal, administrators warned last month that as many as 25 staff members could be laid off.

The elementary, middle and high schools will each lose one teaching position, and the elementary school will go from having one and a half guidance counselor positions to only one full-time position, district Superintendent Robert Hassett said.

Several changes are brewing for the administration, as well:

The middle school assistant principal resigned, and that position will not be filled again as full time; instead, the administrator for the alternative high school will split her time between her current position and as assistant principal for the middle school, Hassett said.

“The long-term goal is to bring the alternative high school back on campus somewhere,” he said.

Since the program is still several years away from the expiration of its lease, administrators have time to examine and plan for adapting space on campus, such as the current maintenance facility, or a barn.

McAloon announced her resignation in a letter to the school board Monday night; that position, and the part-time position of principal at Washington Elementary School, will be filled through searches this spring, Hassett said.

Neither principal’s resignation was connected to the budget situation, he said.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or
spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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