After two-plus hours of executive session Monday night, the Baldwin School Board voted to cut $100,000 in administrative costs and give “intent to non-renew” notice to seven nontenured teachers as a result of an expected $1 million gap in next year’s budget.
One of the teachers who will receive notice is Matt McCune, a third-grade teacher at Vinland Elementary School. There was a crowd of about 50 people, many of them children, holding signs in support of him. Petitions containing 300 names were also presented to the board asking that he be renewed.
Board President Alison Bauer said that the board wanted to give notices ahead of the May 1 notification deadline. The affected teachers could eventually be offered contracts if funding is available, and Monday’s action wasn’t about McCune.
“Exactly,” Bauer said. “We have identified about $100,000 in administrative cuts. A lot of it depends on what we find out from the Legislature (regarding state funding). It looks like we need to cut $1 million.”
All the measures passed unanimously, with the exception of the McCune vote. It was 5-2, with board members Bill Busby and Ruth Barkley voting against.