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Teachers Cut In Peru Elementary School District

Posted by wlpo on March 26, 2013

The Peru Elementary School District is the latest to cut staff because of less state aid and falling property tax values.

The elementary board last night approved cutting 8th grade teacher Alex West, 4th grade teacher Erin Laurence and 2nd grade teacher Stephanie Miller.  West’s position will not be filled while one of the other spots will be filled by a current kindergarten teacher meaning one less kindergarten class next year.

The Peru Elementary Board also cut first year teacher’s aide Kimberly Schuetz and eliminated a food service worker while cutting the hours of another cafeteria worker.  District social workers and library staff are also having their hours cut.

Peru Elementary Superintendent Mark Cross says the cuts will save over 180 thousand dollars.  Counting staffing cuts the last two years, Cross says they’ve reduced their total staff by 11.

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