Last month's resignation of Steven Lowe as high school principal led to reorganization at the top during the Hutsonville Unit 1 school board meeting Tuesday.
Superintendent Julie Kraemer became high school principal, in addition to her other duties.
Mike Woods, business teacher and athletic director, is now also the part-time dean of high school students.
The school published its proposed budget as well.
The pressure from the drop in general state aid is still present, but the budget gap is more manageable, Kraemer said.
"I really think we're on the right track," Kraemer said.
She said the cuts made by the board have brought the projected budget deficit down to $116,147. That includes $70,000 for a potential new bus purchase. Last year's deficit was $418,000
She said one teacher is projected to retire at the end of this year and three at the end of next year.
These numbers are contingent on the state's funding remaining steady.
The proposed budget is now posted in the superintendent's office.
Kraemer said she and Palestine Unit 3 Superintendent Joe Sornberger have continued the study on a potential consolidation.
They were speculating about which students would go to which buildings under various plans, she said. It appears that, based on the projected population, they would be able to offer more classes, including four years of Spanish and more advanced science classes, she added.
They are now considering financial effects, Kraemer explained, especially as it applies to the tax levy.
There is not yet a time line for completion of the study, she said.
Students enjoyed their first day of school, according to teachers. One of the most popular parts was an intro video to the new behavioral program featuring teachers, administrators and students performing to a song to the tune of Call Me Maybe.
There was a cash raising development project presented as well.
Woods presented a 2 foot by 3 foot athletic poster featuring sponsors he developed himself, cutting out a third party design company. He said after paying $900 for materials, they grossed $2,500. If they had gone through a third-party they probably would have made a total of $500.
The next board meeting was moved to Sept. 23 to allow the full 30 days required for a public budget review.
In other business the board:
Heard that the open house is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 17. Students will be dismissed at 2 p.m. that day.
Hired Holly Norton as PEP 0-3 Aide.
Accepted the resignation of Mike Woods as yearbook sponsor.
Jamie Goff was hired as a five-eighths time FCCLA teacher and three-eighths time study hall aide.
Board member Greg Roberts was not present for the meeting.