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February 13, 2014

Taylor debates ways to cut $584K

Declining enrollment, decreased revenue to blame.

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• Reducing classified staff positions like aides, secretaries, a nurse and accounts payable clerk for a total savings of $221,000.

Staff who are laid off will be put at the top of the list for subbing positions and any job openings that come up for which they are qualified.

Smith’s recommendations were based on interim superintendent Robert Foreman’s input before he left the position when Smith was hired effective Jan. 1.

Increasing student enrollment would lessen the cuts, Smith said, as each student brings about $6,000 in state funding to Taylor. The corporation has seen a net loss of 198 students in the past five years.

“We’ve really got to work hard … to take care of our kids here, get back the kids who live in our community and then draw kids from outside our district,” Smith said.

Retired teacher Janet Flowers and her husband, Alan Flowers, who live in the Taylor school district and enrolled their children there, were pleased with Smith’s presentation, noting it was well researched.

“Taylor Schools is facing what larger schools faced in the past,” Janet said. “Taylor’s got to make some changes. I was glad to hear he looked at everything. … That’s the way it should be.”

Coverage of the regular board meeting that followed Wednesday’s work session will appear in Friday’s Kokomo Tribune.

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