Ashland elementary principal faces layoff

Ashland School District's superintendent has proposed that Bellview Elementary School Principal Christine McCollom be laid off at the end of the school year to trim the cash-strapped district's budget.

If the school board approves the layoff at its May 11 meeting, McCollom, who has served as principal for three years, would be replaced by senior administrator Michelle Zundel, whose position as director of education would be eliminated. Part-time secretary Connie Lynn, who works under Zundel, also would lose her job.

The move, which would require Zundel to take a pay cut, would save the district $157,000. The district already has approved two rounds of cuts this year to thin its budget by $4.3 million.

"I really didn't have much choice except to look at continued staff reductions," Di Chiro said. "I was trying not to lay off another administrator because we are already very, very slim."

"I don't think it's in the best interest of the school district to have to go in this direction, but unfortunately we're forced to make this cut," she said.

Di Chiro told McCollom on Friday that she may be laid off.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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