28 West Frankfort school employees won't lose their jobs after all.
The West Frankfort School Board rehired three certified teachers, six teacher’s aides and 19 chaperons last night, after placing them on a list of positions to be cut earlier this spring.
School officials throughout the state were expecting another deep cut in education funding this fall, but the Legislature kept the funding level in the state’s budget.
Superintendent Greg Goins says while the funding situation is better than it could be, schools are still making due with less than they were a few years ago.
“I think this is the new normal until the Legislature and the people in Springfield can figure out a better way to manage money.”
School board members also hired Bethany Shaw last night to be the principal of Frankfort Community High School.
Shaw was previously the assistant principal at Centralia High School, and principal of the K-12 school in Odin, but having grown up in southern Illinois, she says she’s familiar with West Frankfort.
“I know in looking at their school report card data and some gains that have been made in the past few years, they really are on the right track academically,” Shaw said. “I’m excited to bring my experience here and see what we can do in the future.”
“She’s a very positive person, has good experience, and I think over a period of time Ms. Shaw’s gonna lead us in the right direction,” said Goins.
School starts Aug. 16.
Leigh Caldwell reporting.