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Plum board could restore threatened electives

| Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Plum School Board has backed off its plan to cut 21 teaching positions to help balance the $55.2 million preliminary budget.

The board's decision during a Thursday night budget workshop could restore a host of electives that board members recommended cutting last month.

School director Sal Colella, education committee co-chair, said that 17 positions that were to be eliminated have been placed back in the budget. He said the committee recommends adding two sixth-grade teachers.

Consideration is being given to filling a vacant elementary music teaching position and hiring an additional kindergarten teacher.

The positions at the high school that have been placed back in the budget are: three ROTC instructors, three business education teachers, two technical education instructors, one librarian, one guidance counselor, and the television production teacher.

Two computer instruction positions, two world language positions, and two technical education positions have been restored at Oblock Junior High School.

The preliminary budget, which originally showed a $1.5 million budget deficit, now calls for a tax increase that would raise an additional $460,068 in revenues. The exact millage rate has not been determined.

Staff cuts and program eliminations would save $591,612. The budget would be balanced by taking $448,300 from a reserve fund.

A final vote on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 25.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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