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SALINEVILLE — The Southern Local Board of Education held a special meeting on Thursday evening and immediately voted to lay off three employees for the upcoming school year.

Citing financial reasons and declining enrollment, the board voted for a reduction in force.

One of the employees losing his position is Keith Drewnoski, an intervention specialists at the elementary school. Another is the technologies coordinator at the elementary school, Tonyea Kellison. Finally, the position of health information teacher at the junior/senior high, Dr. Marcelina Higgins, was eliminated.

The board made no further comments and did not discuss the need for the resolution prior to the vote, which was 4-0 with board member Rodney Edmiston absent.

The move to reduce staff came the same week voters approved a 2.25-mill tax levy, which is slated for permanent improvements. Staff cannot be paid from a permanent improvement levy.

Following the vote for the reduction in force, the board then voted to go into an executive session for matters required to be kept confidential by federal law of rules or state statutes, where they reportedly listened to potential plans for the upcoming graduation of seniors in light of the coronavirus situation.


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