COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees will roll up its sleeves and get to work Monday on several issues including the various school handbooks and the corporationâ€™s budget.
In its regular meeting Monday, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Marshall Community Building, board members will hear a presentation on the district handbooks for the primary, middle and high schools.
â€śEvery year we discuss this,â€ť said Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor. â€śWe have handbooks for each school level. They basically outline procedures and protocols and provide day-to-day information that parents need.â€ť
In those handbooks, according to Oâ€™Connor, are procedures for reporting attendance, grading and guidelines for disciplinary issues.
â€śWe try to cover all aspects of the school,â€ť she said.
Oâ€™Connor said the next handbooks will vary little from the previous editions.
â€śThere are only minor tweaks here and there,â€ť she said.
The board will also be discussing the budget.
According to Oâ€™Connor, the board will be eyeing budget cuts, particularly personnel reductions, if any.
â€śWeâ€™ll be reviewing where we think weâ€™ll have to go,â€ť she said.
The deadline for making cuts of certified (teachers) personnel is May 1. Other employees, or â€śclassifiedâ€ť personnel can be cut any time, Oâ€™Connor said.
Oâ€™Connor added that budget issues in a school corporation are particularly challenging since schools operate on a â€śschoolâ€ť calendar while budgets are based on a calendar year.