N-O-W postpones decision on staff cuts

Though it had planned to vote in March on whether to cut three elementary-school teaching positions, the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Board of Education has postponed its decision to its April meeting.

At its February meeting, the board considered the matter, citing declining enrollment and a resultant drop in state funding. About 30 parents and staff members expressed their opposition to the proposal.

The board delayed its decision for the following reasons:

1) The district will learn next year’s health insurance costs on about April 1.

2) Superintendent Kelly Burhop will have acquired more information on next year’s budget.

3) The hiring process for a new superintendent will be nearly complete; Burhop will retire in June.

4) Not all board members will be at the March meeting, but likely will attend the April meeting.

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