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Hudson School Cuts Will Terminate Principal, 3 Teachers

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HUDSON (KWWL)-- "There is no villain. There is no one to blame," says Hudson School Superintendent, Tony Voss.

But, facing a budget crisis, the Hudson Board of Education Monday night voted to follow the Superintendent's budget-cutting recommendations of almost 9-percent, or about $ 525,000.

"We all really regret having to do this," long-time Hudson School Board President, Maureen Hanson, told a crowd of about forty people at the meeting.

What the school board had to do was make cuts which impact sixteen individuals in one way or another, as well as several programs, including music, show choir, custodial and coaching. It's all due to Hudson's declining enrollment and Iowa's zero-increase in state funding.

Officially, board members say the cuts are necessary, to due to budget limitations, declining enrollment and program realignment. The total annual Hudson School budget totals more than $6,000,000.

The School Board voted to eliminate the Middle School Principal position. That means  Principal, Melissa Reade, is being terminated at the end of the school year. In addition, three full-time teachers will be terminated, including High School English teacher, Brenda Jensen, first grade teacher, Michael Sullivan, and Elementary Physical Education teacher, Will Reingardt.

Three other teachers, Vocal Music Teacher, Julie Anderson, Guidance Counselor, Carrie Dieken, and Business teacher, Jess East, will see their contracts reduced below full-time status.

Hudson will also eliminate three Middle School coaching positions, a teacher associate slot and one custodial job. In addition, a second custodial position will see its hours reduced for the school year. The assistant show choir position and choir accompanist positions are also being eliminated.

Hudson will drop its tennis program all together and end school support for summer band lessons. Vocational Agriculture teacher, Dennis Deppe, will also see his contract reduced.

The budget-cutting even included elimination of an annual stipend paid to history teacher, Wayne Haskovec for Hudson's participation in the National History Day.

The gut-wrenching decision brought one board member, Vice-President, Julie Marsch, to tears at one point, as she fought to hold back her emotions over the budget cuts.

"The thought of good people losing their jobs is truly heartbreaking," said Superintendent Tony Voss. Voss added; "Is this the only option? No. But, it's the one that makes the most sense."

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

 

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