Greenwich Schools To Cut Music, Phys Ed Coordinators

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Two positions will be cut and four more consolidated at the Central Office according to a statement from Greenwich Superintendent of Schools William McKersie.
Two positions will be cut and four more consolidated at the Central Office according to a statement from Greenwich Superintendent of Schools William McKersie. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski, File

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Greenwich School District's Music, Art and Theater Arts coordinator and Physical Education coordinator positions will be cut from the 2013-14 budget, Superintendent William McKersie announced late Monday.

The district also plans to consolidate four other positions into two, combining the science coordinator and math coordinator positions and the English/language arts and social studies coordinator positions.

All positions within the district's schools will remain untouched. Several Greenwich school programs will see a budget increase, including a "digital learning" initiative touted by McKersie in his initial proposal to the Board of Education.

The proposed 2013-14 spending plan that was passed unanimously by the Board of Education on Dec. 20 calls for a $2.74 million, or 1.97 percent, increase overall.

McKersie warned that cuts were coming, however, outlining more than $700,000 in reductions at the central office in his initial budget proposal back in November. Until Monday's release, those cuts had been unspecified.

"The loss of these key positions will impact the district," McKersie said in the statement. "There is no question that those in the current positions slated to be eliminated or reduced have provided outstanding service to the Greenwich Public Schools. It is hoped and anticipated that many, if not all, of those currently in the affected positions will have the option of remaining in the school district in a productive capacity."

McKersie went on to say in the statement that other non-administrative positions will also be cut. The specifics on those reductions will be announced later this week.

See the attached document for more information on the announcement.

Attached: (010713_supt_letter_cipl_reorg.pdf)

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We have to save money to keep property taxes from going up. Maybe raise the marina and beach fees too.