Unit 2 Board Makes Personnel Reductions

The Bond County Community Unit 2 Board of Education took action Monday night on personnel matters en route to a reduction of about $440,000 in expenses for next year’s budget.

The lack of a state budget to guarantee funding for education is a major reason for the actions.

All personnel matters were honorable dismissals.

The board did not re-employ Tamara Siebert as part-time speech teacher and took action on part-time non-tenured teachers, reducing the hours of Chris Borwick and Kelly Higgins as computer teachers; Jalyn Huber as PE teacher, Alison Venhaus, one period English teacher, Ann Burton as one period math teacher and one period resource study hall teacher; Dan Burns, one and one-half periods as industrial arts teacher, and Kelsie Schneck as one period resource study hall teacher.

Dismissed as full-time educational support personnel were Tara Faulkner, Molly Boudouris, James Clanton and Brad Rickman. Part-time educational support personnel dismissed were study hall supervisors Anne Burton, Kelsie Schneck and Jalyn Huber and food service worker Katherine Franklin.

The board reduced the hours of the head cook position at Sorento School, which will be vacant at the end of this school year. Hours were also reduced for Kay Walker as head cook at Pocahontas, secretaries Daisy Zykan and Karen Simmonds, and Nels Elam as a custodian.

The board reduced the extended contracts for high school counselors Steve Dannaman and Dawn Mulholland from 18 to 9 days.

The retirements of Patty Hunter, as central office secretary, and Sherrie Beckham, as a special education aide at the junior high, were accepted. Allyson Loucks was hired as the high school football cheerleading coach.

The personnel actions for position eliminations, hour reductions and reallocation of salaries and benefits will save the district about $401,000.