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

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

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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.

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