FUNDING CUT PINCH: WCSC teaching positions eliminated

PIERCETON — Budget cuts and decreasing dollars have plagued Indiana schools for several years. However, Whitko Community School Corporation (WCSC) has skirted most of the budget strains until this year.Funding for the district is anticipated to be lessened for the 2014-15 school year, leading WCSC administrators to reduce its work force.“It’s not been an easy decision, but one we had to make,” said WCSC Superintendant Steve Clason. “We have so many teachers that are clearly doing great things in the classroom. When we evaluate their performance most of them are above the bar. That makes it tough on us when we have to make these kinds of decisions.”In total, five certified positions were cut and five teachers who retired at the end of the 2013-14 school year will not be replaced.According to Clason, the decision as to what teachers to replace and which ones to let go was based on a calculated evaluation process.To read the rest of the story, see the June 18 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.