Coloma schools to cut 2 teaching positions

COLOMA — Coloma Community Schools has laid off two staff members.

The school board voted Monday night to lay off Timothy Rebb and Dale Quattrin.

Quattrin is the drafting/engineering instructor at the high school and leads the robotics team. Rebb is a social studies teacher at the junior high school, according to the district’s website.

Superintendent Dave Ehlers said the staff cuts are based on current enrollment projections and student requests in the high school, not seniority.

“One of them is a program we just can’t have any more, and the other is just an additional teacher, when you do the scheduling, that is excess,” he said. “So we just follow our board policy and state law, which tells us what to do.”

Rebb’s and Quattrin’s employment will end on Aug. 1.

In other business, the district will use sinking fund dollars of up to $35,000 to repaint and repair all high school lockers. Ehlers said that with the grant the district got earlier this year that paid for security upgrades, they were able to chose some other projects to do with sinking fund money.

Also on Monday, board member Doug LeClear announced he is retiring from the school board and that Monday was his last meeting. He has served on the board at various times, at one point serving as president. The board will look for someone to fill his four-year term, which expires in 2022.

The board will hold a hearing on its 2019-2020 budget at 7 p.m. June 24.

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