Student assistance secretary job along with business and banking classes up for cuts

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By Marissa High
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The position of student assistance secretary in Special Education and the business and banking classes at the Capital Area Career Center might be cut from the 2012-2013 Ingham Intermediate School District budget.

There has been a decline in property tax revenue to support the intermediate district, board member Cindy Anderson said at the Ingham school board meeting on Tuesday, Feb.  21.

Student assistance secretary Deborah Wantor spoke to the board in defense of her job.

“I’m 55 years old. I’m not the least-senior,” Wantor said.

No one asked if she was willing to take pay cuts, she said. She makes $23,000 annually with no benefits.

She received this news after her cancer treatment was over on Jan. 27.  A day that was supposed to be a celebration turned into one of sadness, she said.

“I watched as she came to work worn out,” Terry Egerer, Wantor’s coworker and attendance secretary, said to the board. “She never missed a day during her treatment.”

“Deb has served as a model employee,” Egerer said. “As an ISD employee, I have a hard time understanding.”

Egerer also said that she had been told that she would be taking the workload that Wantor usually did as student assistance secretary.

“I already have a full-time job,” Egerer said.

The cut of the student assistance secretary was based on budget needs and special student enrollment decline, Anderson said.

Leslie High School junior Morgan Ward told the board how the cut of business and banking classes at the career center would affect her.

“This class is how I plan on getting into college,” Ward said.
Alongside college, these classes would help her in her career, she said.

The number of students taking the business and banking classes at the career center has been consistently low in the last few years. Many schools in the county offer these classes, Anderson said.

While other schools in the county may offer business and banking classes, Leslie High School is not one of them. If the board were to cut these classes, Ward will have nowhere else to take them, she said.

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