Niles school board cuts 4 positions after audit

NILES — The decision by the board of education today to eliminate the positions of one elementary school principal and three administrative assistants at the end of the current school year will save the school district more than $210,000 annually, Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said.

The board’s decision followed release of a state audit earlier this month that found the district could save nearly $3.4 million by eliminating 18 positions, many of them teachers, and reducing health and vision insurance costs.

Thigpen said despite the elimination of the principal position at Niles Primary School, “there will still be a principal there through reorganization.” The superintendent said the current elementary principal could return to a teaching position, “but none are open at this time.”

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