As District Faces Budget Cuts, We Need to Hear What’s Important to You

When it’s time for the district to make the tough choices, knowing what the community values in our public education system helps the decision-making process. Each year, it becomes more difficult to identify areas to cut that don’t directly impact students.

The district recently presented the 2011-12 budget to the Board of Education. Due to a reduction in state aid, the projected district deficit went from $5 million to $20 million. With the changes in collective bargaining, the district was able to cover $12 million through employees paying a share of retirement and health and dental costs, as well as changing dental insurance providers.

This year, to cover the remaining $8 million deficit, the district has pursued the following revenue enhancements and reductions:

  • Increase in School Based Services revenue: $1.0 million
  • Education Jobs Fund revenue: $3.5 million
  • Reduction of 25.9 full-time teachers and paraprofessionals: $1.5 million
  • Reduction of 2.5 full-time administrators: $0.3 million
  • Reduction of 4.0 full-time clerical: $0.2 million
  • Reduction of 5.0 full-time monitors: $0.2 million
  • Administrator salary freeze: $0.2 million
  • Reduction of equipment: $0.4 million
  • Freezing most non-salary related expenses: $0.7 million

More than $42.5 million has been cut over the past six years, and next year the district is projecting a $9 million deficit.

We’d like to hear from parents and community members about the proposed 2011-2012 budget. You have two opportunities to provide input:

  • A community engagement session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 10 at the District Office, located at 200 South Broadway. There will be a brief presentation, and the Board of Education will be present for listening to the community’s ideas.
  • Online through our “Community Input” section at

Please share your thoughts, concerns, and any creative ideas to save or bring in money.

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