Harrisonville superintendent on paid leave through June, can't work in district again

The public will get to vote on the budget on May 15. The board and administration have already said there will be no tax increase.

"The school district has benefited from Ken's leadership for nearly 30 years", said Tina Last, school board chair, in the press release on April 16. "We do the same thing in the business office".

District officials cited an increase in employees benefits - especially prescription drug costs for a handful of beneficiaries - as a primary cause for the major budget hole. Ed Rendell's decision to use federal stimulus money to plug state education funding holes, followed by Rendell's successor Gov. Tom Corbett slashing state education spending.

"We've asked all departments to make voluntary budget reductions at this point, and those total about $657,000", Stone said. It is an incredibly unique opportunity to be able to work with the board to develop a new school system from the ground up.

"We're anticipating a reduction of 10 buses".

After a decade on the job - the Superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools is on vacation for the remainder of the school year.

Other board members did not return messages left by the Herald on Monday seeking comment for this story. His administrative career started at Jonathan Alder High School as assistant principal and included the role of High School Athletic Director.

Spivey said he wasn't accusing anyone of wrongdoing, but he is concerned about the integrity of the School Board.

The trustees also approved contracts for construction on the parking lots at Davila Middle School and Rudder High School and for roof replacement and repairs at Navarro Elementary School, Jane Long Intermediate School and Sam Rayburn Intermediate School.

Decreased enrollment will bring with it a decrease in the number of teachers needed, he said.

The case centered around whether the School District correctly used the "self-evaluation" exception in section 2 (c)(16) of the OMA to hold a closed meeting with members of the Illinois Association of School Boards ("IASB") in order to discuss board member interrelationships, including the use of social media.

"It's an agreement with Grand View Health".

"We forwarded that to your district legal counsel for review, and so we think that based upon that, we felt that it was OK to award the contract to the lowest bidder", Buehrer said.

Eberwein also announced several educational enhancements starting July 1: increasing from half to full-time the English as a second language position, the return of the summer enrichment program and boosting the special education line item by $100,000 in anticipation of a student being placed in an out-of-district program.

"We need time to find the correct candidates", Spradley explained after the meeting.

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