Carlton School District Proposing To Cut 13 Teachers

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Jun 2, 2010 at 6:19 PM CDT

Thirteen teachers in the Carlton School District have found out their jobs are on the chopping block.

Officials say the district is looking to save money and is proposing to cut staff.

If the cuts are ratified, teachers say workload and class sizes will increase significantly.

Union spokespeople say they're upset because teachers typically find out about layoffs weeks in advance. This time around, most of the targeted faculty found out about the cutbacks on Tuesday.

Officials say the district has had its share of financial turbulence. Earlier this year a referendum failed. On top of that, the union says the district received a $16,000 penalty because they didn't settle a teacher's contract by mandated state deadline in January.

Union spokespeople say students are upset over the issue as well, some even confronted the superintendent.

Officials say it's likely many of the affected teachers will be offered part-time positions.

But, if fewer faculty members appear on the payroll, officials say class sizes and workloads for other teachers will increase.

Right now officials say the average class size is about 20 students. But that number could jump to as high as 40.

"It's added pressure," said Sharrie Janovick, union president "We're all professionals, we'll get the job done. But is it appropriate for the teachers or the students? I don't think so."

Officials say the proposed cuts total about $302,000.

An emergency school board meeting is planned for 6 P.M. on Thursday to address the issue.