Paul Warner isn’t sleeping well.
The Shahala Middle School teacher librarian, who has been at the Evergreen Public Schools campus for seven years, faces the loss of media assistant Emily Krimme, a co-worker he said makes his job just barely doable.
“The amount of work my assistant and I do, we can’t get it done in a day,” he said.
Clark County’s largest school district, like districts across the region and state, is facing a multimillion-dollar budget deficit in the coming school year. Evergreen pegs its shortage between $15 million and $18 million, and while exact decisions haven’t yet been finalized, a list of proposed cuts was circulated at a Tuesday board meeting and among district staff.
That includes media assistants at all school levels for a saving of about $1.3 million. The very thought of that loss kept Warner up late after hearing the news Monday, wondering how he would approach his job in the coming year. He and his media assistant are, effectively, the “Geek Squad” of the middle school, responding to questions about laptops and educational programs, all while trying to teach students about media literacy and checking out books.
“We work with kids and teachers all day long, and it’s not just with books,” he said. “It’s with technology.”