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Positions cut last year to be re-instated for 2012-13

The Sunnyside School District can now look at re-filling some of the positions that were cut during the 2011-12 school year.

That's according to Finance Director Jeff Loe.

Last Thursday he told the Sunnyside School Board the district is looking at filling some of the paraprofessional positions that were cut from the budget last year.

Title I funding was not removed from the district's budget and other funding was provided by the approved school district levy, making it possible for the school district to bring back some staffing levels.

Loe said enrollment has increased in the school district so 13 certified staff members have been added to the payroll, as well.

Sunnyside Schools Superintended Dr. Rick Cole said labor negotiations have also been settled and the school district was able to re-instate some positions.

"We have settled with the teachers on the number of nurses (in the schools)," he said, using an example of an issue addressed during negotiations.

Cole said, "We won't have exact restoration of (personnel) cuts, but we are trying to restore a pattern."

One issue to be addressed regarding the staffing cuts made in recent years is the number of security liaisons and SROs the school district can afford. Cole said the school board needs to discuss the matter and review the contract with the city of Sunnyside before a decision can be made.

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