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Superior School Board cuts two administration positions

The Superior School Board voted unanimously this week to cut two administrative positions -- one assistant principal at the middle school and another at the high school -- to offset budget cuts for 2011-12.

The Superior School Board voted unanimously this week to cut two administrative positions -- one assistant principal at the middle school and another at the high school -- to offset budget cuts for 2011-12.

Superior faces a $2.7 million cut in funding for the 2011-12 school year. About $1.5 million will be recouped through various changes to employee retirement benefits, but the district must make up the rest on its own.

"We are not replacing all of our (retiring) administrators; this is one way we're coping with this," said Mary Klun, chairwoman of the personnel and negotiations committee.

The overall savings from administrative cuts are estimated at about $102,000.

At the high school, Tom Blauert is scheduled to retire June 30. His position will be eliminated, and activities director Ray Kosey will take on additional duties for the 2011-12 school year, serving both as athletic director and interim assistant principal.

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Pat Flynn and Josie Hoem are leaving Superior Middle School, but only one assistant principal position will be filled. To help with the extra workload, the board also approved a new administrative support position for two days a week.

In addition to Wisconsin Retirement System savings, Superior expects to save a large chunk of money on new hires. The district will lose 33 veteran teachers to retirement or resignation this year, and the lower cost of new hires should save close to $200,000.

Superior also plans to leave three teaching positions unfilled,

saving the district about $275,000 more.

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