Three Out of Eight Becomes Four Out of Eight Positions Cut for Ithaca School Librarians

Members of the Ithaca City School District Board of Education seemed reluctant Tuesday to reduce the district's elementary school librarian positions by half as proposed in the 2010-11 budget.

Originally, three of eight full-time librarian positions were proposed to be cut, but Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Connie Evelyn said she could not ensure equity among the eight elementary schools if there were five librarians, so a fourth position was proposed to be cut.

Librarians perform literacy instruction besides managing school libraries, Superintendent Judith Pastel said.

However, several board members said they could not get behind the cuts, which they feared could cause setbacks in district literacy efforts. A vote could not be taken at the meeting, which was posted as a budget workshop and not a voting meeting.

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