At its meeting Monday, the Bethalto School Board was forced to dismiss two administrators in an attempt to balance the district’s budget.
Bethalto Superintendent Charles Stegall said it was an unfortunate situation necessitated by the district’s budget shortcomings.
“The economic situation the district has found itself in forces us to look at all revenue options as well as expenditures,” Stegall said. “Unfortunately as a result of this, we needed to reduce our administrative staff for the 2014-2015 school year.”
After an executive session, the board voted to reclassify Trimpe Middle School assistant principal David Weller as a teacher. Weller oversaw sixth-grade classes at Trimpe. Weller has been with the district for eight years and had tenure with the district, which is why he was reclassified, Bethalto Superintendent Charles Stegall said.
Civic Memorial High School dean of students Jim Pipkin also was let go. His contract was not renewed after three years with the district. The two moves will save the district approximately $170,000.
The board also approved three agreements regarding the district’s copiers and printers, an act that will save the district about $33,000 per year, Director of Technology Jay Stemmley said.
New school fees
More notable to parents, the district also raised the cost of student fees for the 2014-15 school year. The fees for each level will be raised by $10, Business Manager Lavon Singleton said.
Currently, fees for kindergarten and first-graders are $60; second- through fifth-graders are $70; middle school fees are $80; and high school fees are $90. Under the new schedule, kindergarten and first-grade fees go to $70; second- through fifth-grade fees go to $80; middle school fees increase to $90; and high school fees rise to $100. The fees are one-time fees paid per student.
Two contracts related to the district’s Internet access were approved at Monday’s meeting as well.
A contract with Charter Communications to provide Internet access for the district’s maintenance and transportation departments was approved for $55 per month. The board also approved a separate contract with Illinois Century Network for Internet access for district buildings.
New school calendar
After several snow days this year, the district put seven emergency days into next year’s calendar, pushing the last day of school into late May.
The earliest the district will have the final day of school is May 19. The district avoided the possibility of school spilling over into June, though, out of consideration for students and teachers potentially starting summer college courses that week. Students will report to school on Aug. 13.