Staff reductions are probable for Carrier Mills-Stonefort Unit 2 school district.
Superintendent Richard Morgan said the Carrier Mills-Stonefort school board is considering cutting from five to eight teaching positions at the 6:30 p.m. March 18 school board meeting.
There will be a public hearing prior to the meeting 6 p.m. at the High School Library.
Due to budget cuts already announced by Governor Quinn and further cuts the Governor has proposed the school district may be forced to make reductions in the district teaching staff.
Teachers have received a seniority list from Morgan, according to staff of the school. The seniority list is a tiered scale from one to four. Entry level teachers are in tier one and advancement upwards is based on years in position and performance evaluations. Due to recent changes in state law, performance evaluations are a greater factor than time in the system as a basis of determining termination of employment.
Morgan has repeatedly stated the school district has been very responsible financially and these cuts are forced on the district by the state budget crisis. No decisions as to which positions are to be cut will be made before the school board meeting and the board has no plans at this time to cut any school programs.