The Hamburg School Board's SBRC hearing stressed the need to cut expenses and reorganize. The Board is making efforts to cut costs by asking Principal Harris to consider a combined superintendent/principal position and accepting some requests for early retirement from other staff members. Other staff reductions will be held until the Board knows how many will be retiring.

At a workshop last night the Hamburg Board discussed the results of the SBRC hearing, the Superintendent opening, early retirement plans and staff reductions.

Superintendent Jay Lutt explained that the SBRC hearing had not gone as well as hoped, with the decision on whether to forgive Hamburg’s $48,000 debt being tabled.  Lutt said that he was given the very strong impression that approval would hinge on the school reducing expenditures and making immediate efforts toward reorganization.  He said that several times they were asked how soon they could have their first vote on reorganization.

The Board decided to ask Jan Harris if he would be interested in a combined position of superintendent/principal and what he might expect as a salary.  They set a meeting for April 3 at which they may discuss or act on his answer.

The Board moved on to early retirement plans, and Lutt said that some members of the elementary staff are interested in early retirement.  The Board admitted that it might alleviate some of their need to reduce staff if some were planning to leave.  
The Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 31 at 6 p.m. to review any requests for early retirement.

The Board will meet again on March 31 at 6 p.m. in Farragut, on April 3 at 6:30 p.m., and on April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

For the complete story and updates, read the Hamburg Reporter on April 3.