This week's Beverly Citizen brings us up to speed on the most recent changes that eliminated the remaining $250,000 gap in the budget.
The proposed changes included eliminating the director of personnel position at the district’s central office. To make up for this cut, $4,000 was added to the budget to purchase database software and pay for training for other personnel. A part-time clerical position was also added to help the coordinator of child welfare with the additional workload, Galinski said, explaining that the cut puts more stress on the rest of the staff because the work still needs to be done.
The draft budget also proposes eliminating five special education teachers, one at each elementary school, who work as part of the TLC program, an intervention program for students with social-emotional needs. Those positions are currently funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, which runs out this year.
Galinski said these teachers, who serve as part of a TLC team along with other staff members, will each by replaced by two part-time paraprofessionals at Ayers Ryal Side, Cove, Hannah and North Beverly elementary schools. Centerville Elementary School has requested a Merrimack College Education Fellow to fill this position instead.