AUBURN — The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education approved some long-promised job cuts Tuesday night.
The board finalized the abolishment of 11 teacher aide positions effective by the end of June 22. Those aides will be placed on a preferred eligibility list for three years.
Thirteen aides and one teaching assistant had earlier been announced to be cut. Lisa Green, the district's school business executive, said two other aides announced their retirements, allowing two aides whose positions were being cut to take those spots. The teaching assistant position will be cut at a future board meeting.
A total of 28 positions were set to be removed. The positions were 15 teacher aides, five general education elementary teachers, five elementary special education teachers, one high school social studies teacher, one elementary music teacher and one teaching assistant.
The district cut positions with incoming retirements to save jobs in the wake of the its $3.8 million budget deficit. The $75 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year was approved by community members May 15.
In other news:
• Board president Michael McCole was saluted at his last board meeting Tuesday. McCole, who has served on the board since 2012, will be out of town for the last June meeting, which would have been his last.
McCole ran for another three-year term last month but lost to incumbents Kathleen Rhodes and Salvatore "Sam" Giangreco and newcomer Ian Phillips. Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo gave McCole a clock as a gift from the district. Pirozzolo said he appreciates the times he would call McCole to run ideas by him.
"You've really made a huge impact not only on the children but I think on the entire community," Pirozzolo said.
While the meeting went into a short break to serve cake in honor of McCole, he said he enjoyed his years on the board and learned a lot about how the public education system works. He praised the board members, administrators, students, parents, teachers and others he worked with. McCole said he accomplished things he wanted to finish while with the board, such as the completion of renovations at Holland Stadium and hiring various administrators.
"I'm pleased with the results and I've enjoyed my time here," McCole said.