Spencer Schools Part Time Staffing Changes

Photo: KICD AM

Spencer Schools Part Time Staffing Changes

Spencer, IA (KICD)–Federal health care law has fueled some staffing changes in the Spencer School District.

Superintendent Terry Hemann tells KICD News that support staff had worked around 32 hours per week. Under the Affordable Care Act anything over 30 hours is considered full time with health insurance having to be offered to the 85 employees who were in that category.

Last week the School Board authorized upping the number of full time teaching assistants from 10 to 30.

When accounting for the new full time positions, the replacement of district retirees with lower cost staff, and the reduction of a few high school positions, the bottom line shows a $120,000 decrease in staffing costs for the coming year.