Truman makes staff reductions

TRUMAN – Truman School Board reduced programs and staff Monday.

The board scaled back two programs, cut two probationary teachers and reduced the hours of two established teachers.

Denise Buysse, who teaches art to high school and elementary students, will have her hours reduced. According to Superintendent Tom Ames, Buysse will no longer teach elementary art, which can be taught by classroom teachers. In addition, the curriculum committee is considering changing Yearbook – currently offered for art credit – to an extracurricular activity.

Ames said the reductions are a reflection of a lack of students as well as financial limitations.

Spanish teacher Leonor May Ehuan also had her hours reduced, as the school will not offer Spanish 3 next year because of a lack of students. Principal Tate Jerome said Ehuan approached him early in the school year about the small number students taking Spanish 2.

“It could easily come back,” he said. “It is one of those classes … it all depends on if there is a need.”

Probationary teachers Dianne Erickson, who teaches special education, and Eric Weedman, who teaches English, were cut. Ames says both positions will be advertised, and Erickson and Weedman can reapply.

In other business:

o The board approved allowing three students to join St. James in a Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. The school assumes no responsibility for the students while they participate in the shooting club. The club operates outside of school hours.

o Ames reported on the financial status of the district-operated daycare. It has lost money, as expected in its first year of operation. However, daycare director Mindy Cook said the program has steadily grown over the course of the year, with part-time families switching to full-time. She said it would take about four additional children to bring the program up to break-even.