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RSU 10 cuts five positions
DIXFIELD -- Just two weeks before school begins, RSU 10 was put into the difficult position of cutting five positions from the district's special education program due to the federal sequester.
At Monday's meeting of the RSU board, Supt. Craig King because of the sequester, the district will receive about $151,000 less in local entitlement money than previously told. “This news came right after the budget was passed."
Positions eliminated include an educational technician at Dirigo Elementary School in Peru, an educational technician at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, an educational technician at Dirigo Middle School in Dixfield, an educational technician at Dirigo High School in Dixfield and a district tutor.
King said many educational technician positions are funded by very soft money, which are often dependent on federal dollars which change from year to year. "We have no control over that."
“The suddenness affects real people who live in the district,” King said. “There are things that may open up. That’s the advantage of a large district. My hope is that down the road, something will open up when these people could be invited to apply."
Special Services director Clarissa Errington said, “Any reductions are significant. We’ll have to replan, shift again. We’re bare bones as it is.”
She added that the elimination of the educational technician positions reverses some of the district's best educational practices.
"People are stretched; they'll be stretched even more. This is very unfortunate," noted Errington.
King said he doesn’t see federal government increasing their entitlement monies for next year either.
“We may have to revamp; the grants just aren’t there,” added board member Barbara Chow.
The first day of school for staff is Aug. 26, and for students, Aug. 28.