Facing declining enrollment and financial uncertainty due to the school funding bill, the school board is looking to trim $200,000 from its upcoming 2018-19 budget. Board members were able to put aside differences for the hour-and-a-half meeting with plenty of dialogue on its options, which all carry potential consequences for taxpayers, students, staff as the district looks to reverse its financial woes.
The board looked at close to a dozen options where cuts could be made. General consensus was that a 10 percent cut to teacher salaries, which based on 2016-17 payroll could save the district $350,000, was “not an option.” Superintendent Aron Dody says he was glad to see the board steer clear of touching teacher salaries.
The board has instructed Superintendent Dody to bring back expenditure numbers for professional development and job descriptions for curriculum coordinator and maintenance director positions to see if those are positions that could be eliminated or retooled for savings costs.
The school board will hold an action session Feb. 21, where they plan to dig deeper and begin the process of making some of those tough decisions.