SOUTH BEND -- After hearing pleas from more than a dozen teachers,
instructional assistants and parents on Monday evening, South Bend's
school board voted 4-2 against a money-saving measure to eliminate the
jobs of some kindergarten aides, Explorer aides and custodians.
Superintendent Carole Schmidt asked for permission to cut positions in
those three employee groups in an effort to combat a $4.1 million
shortfall the school corporation is facing in 2012.
Cinda Korkhouse, a South Bend teacher for the past 42 years, was the
first to speak against the motion before the board voted.
Kindergarten assistants are teachers, nurses and CSI investigators,
she said, and as such, are invaluable in the classroom.
She was followed by a long line of people with similar sentiments.
In the end, the board agreed. Jay Caponigro and John Stancati voted
for the resolution.
But Stephanie Spivey, Bill Sniadecki, Dawn Jones and Michelle Engel
voted against it.
Board president Roger Parent was absent.
Sniadecki said budget cuts should have as minimal impact on children