The Necedah School Board looked at ways to reduce its budget after discussing the referendum results at its meeting on Tuesday night. The referendum failed by about 50 votes. Superintendent Larry Gierach said they are in the process of reducing the district’s budget by $630,000 for 2017-18. This process includes looking at any staff attrition first before eliminating other positions. Gierach said they are cutting supply budgets again and analyzing any cost saving measures that are available to the district.

A contract with CESA 5 was approved Tuesday night. However, the board is considering how to reduce certain areas of the contract. They also approved Delta Dental as the district’s dental plan for 2017-2018. Gierach said it was a 6% increase, but because employees pay part of the premium for dental, it is a cost of less than $5,000 to the district.

During the meeting, the board formally hired the next superintendent for the district, Tanya Kotlowski, who will start on July 1. She currently works as the Adams-Friendship High School Principal. There were also several resignations that the board accepted: Tyler Lee, P.E./Health Teacher; Monica Carlson, 4K Teacher; Kayla Ahonen, Spanish Teacher; and Sheri Finch, Special Ed Teacher. They also approved one retirement, Mary Van Dusen, Special Education Teacher.

The board accepted donations from: $1,500 from Parker Hannifin to help pay off the CNC machine; $500 from Dominick Murphy through Westrock Foundation, the amount of money is based on his volunteering for the school; $903 from DonorsChoose.org for an Apple TV setup; and $100 worth of wood from Chris Mandelke for wood shop usage.