8 laid off in Hillman schools

HILLMAN — Eight people could be looking for jobs after they were laid off Thursday by the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education.

A cook, an elementary playground paraprofessional, four elementary instructional paraprofessionals, and two instructional paraprofessionals were laid off. Some of those employees might get their jobs back before school starts.

Another cook’s hours were reduced from eight to six, effective Aug. 1, thus eliminating her from qualifying for district insurance. She will be able to use her insurance through Aug. 31.

Superintendent Carl Seiter said employees were laid off Thursday as a contractual obligation. The support staff union contract states that the district has to give 45-day notice before the school year.

On Monday, Seiter will meet with Hillman Elementary School Principal and Title 1 Director Pam Rader and District Business Manager Jill Olsen about how many Title 1 funds the district has. Seiter said the district will recall employees then based on many Title 1 funds are available.

The cuts trimmed almost $98,581 of the $464,000 the district is working to eliminate.

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