GENOA – The new Genoa-Kingston School District 424 school board has already made some changes within the district.
The board unanimously voted Tuesday to reinstate the freshman sports program and call back half of the certified teachers whose positions were among the 14 cut in an effort to save the district about $600,000 next school year.
“There are going to be more callbacks,” new board member Heather Edwards said. “This is just the beginning.”
Edwards was among four new board members seated Tuesday, along with Taunya Fischer, Kristin Brynteson and Kerri Sosnowski.
Once the new board members took their positions, the entire board went into a nearly 45 minute closed session.
When they returned, they voted to call back some of the teachers, as well as allow the administration to create and schedule freshman sports while working within a budget reduced by $30,000.
“In essence, freshman sports has been reinstated,” Superintendent Joe Burgess said.
The packed high school library full of students, teachers and community members erupted in applause.
Edwards stressed the athletic department is now responsible for coming up with the $30,000 for freshman sports to continue.
“We have faith they’ll come up with the money,” new board President Paul Kruse said.
Genoa-Kingston Middle School music teacher Sandie Fromi, whose position was cut along with her husband’s high school chorus teaching position, was moved to tears by the support she has received.
“I’m very touched by all the music students and parents that are here tonight,” she said.
Fromi’s position was not reinstated as of Tuesday. But her husband, Jon Fromi, has been called back.