School board approves position elimination

By Marina Csomor
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

MASON — When Mason resident Deb Wantor heard the Ingham Intermediate Board of Education approve the motion to eliminate her job as student assistance secretary at the Capital Area Career Center, she said she knew the decision was made unfairly. “I really don’t think they give an awful lot of thought to anything that they go and grunt and say, ‘The motion’s passed,’” Wantor said. At 6:30 p.m. March 20, the board met at Thorburn Education Center, 2630 W. Howell Road, in Mason, for its monthly meeting, where members discussed and approved issues including the elimination of seven jobs beginning in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The elimination of these positions — which include a career assessment and work-based learning specialist, director of instructional initiatives, instructional technologist, business/banking finance instructor and two night custodian jobs as well as Wantor’s position — will save the district $600,000, said Board President John Wolenberg, an East Lansing resident. The layoffs had been in the works by board members since last fall, Wolenberg said.