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Park Rapids budget reductions include one administrator, two and a half teachers

A reduction of two and a half teaching positions and one administrator position are among proposed staff cuts at Park Rapids Area Schools.

Superintendent Glenn Chiodo made the proposal Monday night at the school board meeting.

Proposed budget adjustments include non-replacement of retirements and reductions of some positions.

At the elementary school, proposed adjustments include non-replacement of a full time kindergarten teaching position, non-replacement of a full time second grade teaching position and non-replacement of a full time third grade teaching position.

At the middle school, proposed adjustments include reduction of a full time reading position and reduction of a full time computer position. One of the people whose position is proposed to be cut will be bumping into another position so will not be losing a job. Also, Chiodo listed a non-renewal of a full time seventh grade science position but said that would be re-filled so won't be calculated in the budget reductions.

At the high school, proposed adjustments include reduction of a full time physical education position, reduction of a half time health/physical education position and non-replacement of a full time German position.

A full time Century School administrator position is also among the proposed reductions.

The total projected savings for these staff reductions is about $542,000.

Chiodo also proposed a reduction in Community Education of a full time driver's education position, although that is a separate budget.

He also estimates that the school district will save about $61,000 by replacing some retirements in elementary special education, elementary Title 1, middle school special education and high school math.

Read more about the school budget reductions in Wednesday's Enterprise.