Board continues to consider budget cuts for 2019-2020

February 08, 2019

School board members met on Friday, Feb. 8 to continue their work to further reduce the general fund budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

At the work session, board members considered a list of ways to reduce costs to balance the budget and begin to work toward building the fund balance back up to reach their five percent goal (see the latest list of considerations).

The board is considering an increase to high school athletic fees and shifting middle school activities to Community Education; having families pay for ACT testing; reducing custodial and paraprofessional staff and further reducing administrative staff, reducing the district’s technology budget and further reducing the professional development budget.

The board indicated it was not interested in making cuts to the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, reducing elementary specialist minutes or increasing the staffing ratio in grades 6-12.

The school board expects to vote on further budget adjustments at the Feb. 21 board meeting.