Thomasboro school board makes cuts

THOMASBORO — Cuts in sports and personnel are in the offing at Thomasboro Grade School.

The school board agreed to pare the number of sports offerings — in part due to low participation numbers — and several staff positions, partly due to questions over the availability of federal funds for the 2013-14 school year.

The board also heard parents' comments asking that band and chorus not be eliminated and some classes not be combined.

Receiving honorable dismissals were Title I teaching assistants Kari Mahannah and Elizabeth Kilty Patterson, English language learner teaching assistant DeAundra Best-Case and special education teacher Teresa Fairfield. The board also agreed to eliminate certain extra-duty/stipend assignments of literacy coach Sarah Johnson and to reduce the hours of custodian Jerry Justice.

The school board voted to eliminate boys and girls track and boys and girls basketball due to low participation. The move is expected to save the district about $7,000. The district has one more year left on its co-op agreement with Prairieview-Ogden for boys baseball and must continue it. Due to Title IX regulations, a corresponding girls sport must be offered, so the school will continue to offer volleyball.

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