Board votes to eliminate sections of classes, saves Salem school
When the Mt. Pleasant School Board voted on cost saving measures Monday night, they decided to eliminate six sections in the Van Allen Elementary School, in the process keeping Salem Elementary open.
The vote came months after Superintendent Dr. John Roederer proposed the idea to the school board. Roederer revived a list that was prepared several years ago when a budget cut came to the school. Following the 10 percent budget cut that was handed down by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, the board was forced to reconsider some of the original ideas on the list. Eliminating sections or closing Salem would save the district $477,002.
When the board considered eliminating the six class sections at Van Allen, Roederer explained that this was an either/or situation. Either the classes would be eliminated, or Salem Elementary School would be closed. He said that if the school would be closed, it would not be reopened at a later date. If the classes were eliminated, sections could always be reopened if it became necessary.
Board president Regina Erickson said that the votes would be roll call votes. When the vote was called, only one person voted against eliminating classes at Van Allen. Board member Ken Feldmann was opposed to the idea, voting no.
For more, see our Feb. 9 print edition.