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District to cut 3 administrative jobs

The Frontier Central School District, criticized during the preparation of last year's budget for laying off teachers but not cutting administrative costs, has come up with a plan to save $200,000 a year by restructuring the administration.

The plan would eliminate one of four assistant superintendents and two of five management-level positions in the central office, Superintendent Robert S. Guiffreda announced.

Because of a pending retirement and two recent resignations, no one will be out of a job.

Janet MacGregor Plarr, board president, said Wednesday that the Board of Education supports the changes, which she expects to be approved at Tuesday's meeting.

The restructuring would eliminate the position of assistant superintendent for information technology services. Mary Ann Costello, who now holds it, would become assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Elizabeth Bradley, who now holds that job, is scheduled to retire July 1.

Other administrators would take over the technology duties.

"Dr. Costello's in-depth experience and curriculum knowledge bring strong instructional leadership and continuity to this [curriculum] position," Guiffreda said.

The central office duties will be spread among the three remaining administrators.

Plarr, who voted against the current $60.5 million contingency budget because it failed to cut administrative costs enough, said the new plan has unanimous board support.

The district, she said, "is working to be responsible to taxpayers while providing quality education programs."

The administrative staff has been cooperative in taking on the additional responsibilities to make the plan work, she added.


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