STORY UPDATED AT 1:30 P.M. SEPT. 15
The Oswego School District 308 Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening, Sept. 14 to honorably dismiss 16 educational support staff members.
Board member Heather Moyer was not present at the meeting but participated remotely.
Chief Financial Officer Christy Tyler confirmed the 16 part-time employees worked as recess monitors at elementary schools throughout the district. No other grade levels were affected.
The 16 employees represented 11 of the district's elementary schools: Homestead Elementary School, Long Beach Elementary School, The Wheatlands Elementary School, Long Beach Elementary School, Churchill Elementary School, Boulder Hill Elementary School, Lakewood Creek Elementary School, Old Post Elementary School, Fox Chase Elementary School, Southbury Elementary School, Wolf's Crossing Elementary School and Grande Park Elementary School.
Tyler said the affected employees were paid minimum wage or above depending upon their years of service with the district.
Board President Lauri Doyle expressed her desire for the district to rehire the employees.
"Hopefully we will need these positions again, sooner rather than later, and ... I thank the individuals involved for the support they continue to provide," Doyle said.
The school district began the school year under a "Remote For All" program due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The board is expected to review the status of the Remote for All program during their next meeting, Sept. 28, at Oswego East High School.