UPDATE: Some district materials about the planned cuts are now available. See this post.
At last night’s school board work session, the superintendent presented his plan for addressing the $3.6 million budget shortfall for next year. A friend of mine took the following notes on the superintendent’s plan. There was a lot of information to process, and the note-taker warns that there may be inaccuracies in her notes. Also, these notes reflect only what the superintendent presented at the work session, not what may have been discussed later in the work session or the board meeting that followed it. News coverage of the meeting is here, here, here, and here. When (if?) I see that the district has posted an official account of the plan, I will update this post.
Disclaimer: I took notes as best as I could hear from where I was sitting. Members of the public were not provided copies of the budget handout. My numbers add up to more $3.6 million, so it seems likely that I have made one or more transcription errors. (I’m wondering if the world language/keyboarding/junior high general music cuts are double counted?—part of the course offering reduction savings—but also listed out separately?)
District Budget Adjustment
These are cuts from general fund spending; categorical funds were not included.
No reduction in force is planned, but staff may need to be reassigned.
$95,000 from building allocations for printing and other costs.
$26,000 from non-contractual meals provided to staff.
$10,000 from budget forecasting software.
$80,000 from discretionary busing (to be announced later).
$30,000 from athletics line item and 7th grade football eliminated.
$100,000 from not filling Director of Community Relations position, duties to be reassigned to other staff.
$125,000 from building level retirement (principal?), duties to be reassigned to other staff.
$223,000 from clerical staff, duties to be reassigned between media and office secretaries.
$89,000 from overtime (paid $600,000 in overtime this year to date).
$63,000 from ESC staff, duties to be reassigned.
$45,000 from general education para-educators, hours to be reallocated across the district.
$32,000 from substitute teachers, with a change in rules about substitutes for staff without direct student contact for most of the day.
$44,000 from nurses, adjust and re-prioritize staff responsibilities.
$16,000 from reduction in allowed extended contract days.
$91,000 from trades/crafts/custodians.
$628,000 from adjusting the number of course/section offerings and class size of 24-32 at high school level.
$322,000 from adjusting the number of course/section offerings and class size of 22-30 at junior high school level.
$124,000 from phasing out German language instruction at high school level.
$239,000 from cutting 7th grade world languages, phasing out German language instruction at the junior high school level.
$222,000 from reducing to one Dean of Students at each high school.
$88,000 from high school guidance, re-prioritize assignments.
$59,000 from reducing high school library staffing.
$90,000 from eliminating general music at the junior high school level.
$74,000 from eliminating 7th grade keyboarding as a required class, offering it only as an elective to those students who need it.
Elementary class sizes up to 24 at grades K-2, up to 30 at grades 3-6 (will not meet board aspirational goals).
$440,000 from eliminating 4th grade orchestra program and increasing the size of small groups for small group instruction for 5th-6th grade orchestra and band.
$177,000 from elementary guidance, reallocate current staff to cover retirements.
$88,000 from elementary library programs.
$170,000 from efficiencies in scheduling art, general music, and PE elementary teachers to minimize travel time between schools served.
$177,000 from shifting cost of reading instruction from general fund to Title I funds.
$88,000 from shifting cost of MARS professional development from general fund to categorical funds.
UPDATE: You can compare my friend’s notes with those of Paul Deaton here.