PRAS lays off teacher, keeps soccer program

LEROY — To help balance the 2014-15 district budget, members of the Pine River Area Schools Board of Education voted to approve laying off a teaching position from the high school/middle school.

The position is that of Telli Clairday, a sixth and seventh grade language arts teacher, who has been in the district for four years. Cutting the position will help save the district about $69,600.

“We’ve lost 270 students in the district since 2007 and our backs are up against the wall,” said PRAS Superintendent Matthew Lukshaitis. “We just don’t need as many teachers.”

The board also unanimously decided to save the high school soccer program, which costs the district about $10,000 each year. It first discussed the idea to cut the program at the June 9 meeting and was asked by coach Jenny Hoaglund to allow her to find an alternative way to reduce district costs.

“As long as we have the money, we’d like to maintain the extracurricular activities that we can,” Lukshaitis said.