Board OKs position for cyber classes

Developing a more comprehensive cyber-school presence in the Warren County School District is going to require some additional help.

The board approved during a special meeting last week a new position request for a full-time instructor in the district’s virtual academy.

“This is a position, when we came to the board at the last meeting (it was a) half time position,” Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gary Weber said. “There are needs within the special education department as well as online elementary instruction (so we) creatively looked at funding.”

Weber said the online education budget “takes care of half the position.” To fund the other half, Weber said the district is “looking at savings from retirements” and said he will work with Interim Director of Pupil Services Ruth Nelson to have “special education pick up a portion of that from their budget.”

He acknowledged that this is “a different approach to it.”

Clark credited the “creative energy” of the administrative team in finding funding for the position.

He said the retirement savings is from people who just retired. Board Vice-president Donna Zariczny clarified that the retirement from savings is the difference between the cost of a new employee and one who is tenured.

The board approved the request unanimously.