Education

Clovis Unified shifts some jobs to teaching positions

The Clovis Unified School District's board agreed Wednesday night to shift 28 school administrators and counselors to teaching jobs to help trim the district's budget for the next school year.

The district will reduce the number of counselor, guidance instructional specialist and learning director positions to 85. The board's vote was 7-0.

"All of these people will still have a job next year," said Steve Ward, associate superintendent for administrative services. "They will just be doing something different."

The reassigned administrators and counselors will be able to request specific teaching jobs.

The district has been making cuts over the past few years to deal with revenue losses, but further cuts were required for the next school year. If proposed budget cuts and tax extensions aren't implemented, the district could face a $20 million shortfall, the district has warned.

Clovis Unified has reduced its work force without resorting to layoffs by offering retirement bonuses and increasing class sizes, Ward said.

Guidance instructional specialists work at elementary and intermediate schools, and learning directors work at intermediate and high schools. Both are vice principal-level jobs. Counselors work at high schools.

The district has until March 15 to notify employees about their reassignments.

In other action:

The board voted 7-0 to postpone a decision on a financial claim from a Buchanan High freshman who said he suffered physical and emotional pain after a senior allegedly rammed two fingers up his anus during wrestling practice.

The claim involves an incident between the freshman and Preston Hill, 17, who was expelled from Buchanan after school officials accused him of sexual battery.

The boy told Clovis police that the incident occurred during a practice at Buchanan in July. Hill, however, told police he used a legitimate wrestling move and only grabbed the boy's butt cheek.

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