Source: Sherman Publications

Board struggles with budget

May 04, 2011

The administrationís proposed reductions broke down roughly like this:

Counselling

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.

Staff Associates

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.

General Administration

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.

School Administration

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 Ginopolisí 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 Ginopolisí 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 wasnít 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.