Manawa Elementary School teaching positions are being realigned due to four layoffs at the school.
“We have talked with everyone and they are all agreeable to this,” said District Administrator Melanie Oppor.
For the 2015-16 school year, third grade teacher Jen Rosin will be moved to first grade, Cathy McCoy from fifth grade to fourth and Meria Wright from sixth grade to fifth.
The 4-year-old kindergarten classroom will remain one section; 5-year-old kindergarten will be cut back to two sections; one grade will increase to three sections and grades second through sixth will have two sections each.
Those receiving layoff notices werer Amy Bohman, Title I; Katie Malczewski, 5K; Amy Busse, fourth grade; and Stephanie Wachuta, fourth grade.
Each of these teachers has been with the district for one year.
“The layoffs were part of the Board of Education’s staff and program change review process” said Oppor. “The layoffs for the classroom teachers are due to declining enrollments. The layoff in Title I is due to licensure. The person being laid off does not have the Reading Specialist license.”
The District is seeking to hire its own District Reading Specialist instead of purchasing this service from CESA 6.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the quote, “This was discussed and collaborated with all the teachers involved. Sometimes you need a change of pace in your career,” to Joanne Johnson. It was said by another school board member.