The Norton Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night for several measures to trim costs in the district, including eliminating 15 staff positions and reducing hours for dozens of special education assistant jobs.
The board approved reducing the number of special education assistants from 55 to 48 and the number of bus drivers from 25 to 17.
Of those 48 special education assistant positions, only eight will be full time next year, compared to 32 this year. The rest will be part time with varying hours.
Norton Superintendent Dana Addis said the hours and number of positions were determined by how many students throughout the district have individualized education programs.
“We have totally restructured all of these positions,” Addis said.
The exact number of hours that were reduced was unavailable Monday night.
The cuts come after a difficult year financially for the Norton school district following the failure to pass a levy in the past two election cycles. The levy would have generated an additional $1.1 million annually for operating expenses.