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Madrid-Waddington considers another staff cut to slow down insolvency

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MADRID — The Madrid-Waddington Central School Board of Education will decide Thursday whether to cut or reduce the time allotted to its library media specialist position.

As it mulls filling the job, the board is considering cutting the position from full time to half time or combining it with another position. The position, which was vacated last year, is held by a long-term substitute.

“Under state requirements, it’s a half-time position,” Superintendent Lynn M. Roy said Friday. “We are looking at whether this person could be combined with another area, for example, with a teacher certification.”

The change would add to the district’s growing list of education cuts in the past several years. Positions and programs in elementary education, art, music, health, driver education and elementary counseling have been cut or reduced through attrition.

The cuts are part of the district’s overall efforts to stave off insolvency. The district is expected to be no longer financially viable in 4.3 years, Mrs. Roy said.

The board has yet to determine the savings of reducing the position, but Mrs. Roy said it won’t significantly affect the overall budget.

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