Board considers budget adjustments

School board members have identified $1.523 million in budget adjustments they’ll be considering for the coming year. The list includes a reduction in the areas of professional development and curriculum development, cuts to administrative positions, a change in the high school staffing ratio, and increased fees for high school athletics and activities and facility rentals.

Board members expect to vote on the budget adjustment list on Dec. 20.

Area of AdjustmentDescription of ReductionEstimated Savings
Professional Development (PD)/ CurriculumReduce PD and Curriculum budgets each by $250,000 and move building PD back to district for distribution$500,000
ProgrammingIncrease 9-12 staffing ratio by one$300,000
Administration/ Support StaffReduce staff and restructure department responsibilities$200,000
CapitalRemove building level allocation$125,000
ProgrammingEliminate YCAPP (alternate suspension) program$107,000
Operations and FacilitiesReduce cleaning, maintenance, grounds, supplies$75,000
Activities/AthleticsIncrease high school athletic and activity participation fees to cover additional cost of programming$65,000
District WideUser of FeePay picks up fees for use of credit card$52,000
Operations and FacilitiesIncrease fees for Facility Rental$40,000
Memberships/ ContractsRestructure assessment configurations, charge service fee for Advanced Placement (AP) tests$35,000
Supply and MaterialsReduce building supply budgets$24,000

The district is facing a budget shortfall of $2.5 million for the coming year and the board has been working for several months to identify ways to balance the budget. While the list of recommended adjustments is short of the $2.5 million goal, the board may continue the discussion to identify additional areas of the budget to reduce in the future.

See the full list of options that have been considered by the school board during their discussions related to budget adjustments.

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Background Information:

The board has held a series of financial conversations with district administrators as it works to establish budget priorities as it plans for the future.

All of the finance presentations can be found here: