Board struggles with budget
May 04, 2011 - The administration's proposed reductions broke down roughly like this:
Cuts to total $282,638
Reducing middle school counseling from 2 per building, to 1.5 each; cutting one high school counseling secretary; reducing work days to 4 a week duing student days only, family school coordinators.
Cuts to total $142,086
Cut from 4 to 2, elementary lunch aids; high school from 4 to 3; high school monitors from 5 to 4; plus cutting overload costs $5,132.
Instructional Staff Support
Cuts to total $283,738
Cut number of media specialists from 7 to 5; eliminate special education supervisor.
Cuts to total $142,464
Eliminate line item election costs for 2011-2012 school year; cut consulting fees, purchasing services and board conferences by half; minus retirement and health benefits for the superintendent and cut severance pay to previous superintendent.
Cuts to total $462,938
Savings from two retiring principals and one associate principal at high school; eliminate Learning Options Supervisor, seven elementary office assistants, Learning Options secretary; reduce middle school secretaries from 1.5 per building to 1 per and for 11 months; reduce high school office assistants from 2 to 1.
Also on the reduction list were cutting the police liaison for a $61,000 savings; reducing custodial department by two people, overtime and utility costs for a savings of $300,000; reducing the building budgets by $10 per student, saving $78,000; classroom staff reductions by 14.1 for $850,000 in savings.
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A number of people spoke before the board discussed Ginopolis' recommendations.
Kathy Eveland lobbied successfully to have the board reconsider cutting back the elementary school office staff to just one per building. The board accepted Ginopolis' suggestion to find others areas to cut.
Lake Orion High School Senior Suzie Corker, 18, told the board medical problems left her short of graduation requirements, how her grade point average fell from 3.5 to 2.5 -- and if it wasn't for the Learning Options program and staff, she would not be graduating this year, nor would she have been accepted by Central Michigan University.
Jeannine Crissman and Melissa Middleton asked the board how teachers and the district would implement new technology by reducing the number of media specialists.
Cody Heidtt, Maureen Schabil and Alicia Conner all spoke, imploring the board to find other ways to cut, than by eliminating support staff.
Next week, the new board of education will meet on Wed., May 11 at 7 p.m. This is a regular board meeting date.