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District 428 board to consider teacher cuts

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 11:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:29 p.m. CDT
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DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Jim Briscoe

DeKALB – More than a dozen teachers could be told they won’t return to DeKalb School District 428 next year if school board members vote to dismiss them at their meeting Tuesday.

Cuts up for consideration include 12 part-time teachers, three first-year probationary teachers, a third-year probationary teacher and another full-time teacher. Superintendent Jim Briscoe said the cuts are part of the district’s annual reduction in force.

Illinois law regarding reduction in force requires the district to notify nontenured teachers within 45 days of the end of the school year that their contracts are not being renewed.

The part-time teachers up for dismissal include: physical education teachers Jonathan Colvin, Sarah Moses, and Shay Sticka; social studies teacher Jennifer Spragg; humanities teacher Kimberly Foster; art teacher Katherine Hunt; family and consumer science teacher Amanda Tragarz; music teacher Ellen Prall; first-grade teacher Jane Weiss, and teachers Jennifer Mannerino, MaryBeth Jilek, and Kristin Murphy.

Clinton Rosette band director Brian Balika will be honorably dismissed.

First-year probationary teachers Terence Brown, social studies; Sandra Ruiz-Torrecilla, speech language pathologist and Kimberly Reiss, and third-year probationary teacher Inga Arnold also could be dismissed.

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