Enterprise School District enters the 2012-13 school year with most of its staff intact despite some necessary budget trimming. However, there will be one less elementary teacher and the art teacher position is now half-time.

Last spring, the school district was required to trim $180,000 from its budget. One casualty was the full-time art teacher position for grades K-12, but it is now being partially funded by the Enterprise Education Foundation.

Art teacher Laurie Hueckman, who came to the district in the 2009-10, will continue as art instructor for grades 1-6, with one high school class, in her new half-time schedule.

Melisa Bush, who taught a 4th/5th grade split class in her first year at the district during the past school year, chose to move to China, where she and her husband will teach at Shanghai Community International School.

With the district tightening its belt this school year, Superintendent Brad Royse said she will not be replaced, and her student load will be absorbed by other staff members.

Junior high teacher Tammy Crawford will move down a level and be a sixth grade teacher this year.

Several assistant coach positions were also casualties of the budget cuts, and the cheerleader advisor will no longer be paid.

“I’m hoping enrollment will be flat this year, but I’m afraid we’ll be down a little in the elementary school,” district superintendent Brad Royse said Tuesday about anticipated student numbers.

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