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|Budget Committee Considers Priorities in Education Fund
|The District 205 Budget Committee Tuesday afternoon to review a proposal from District Administration to contain costs.
Currently, the district is experiencing a 1.7-million dollar deficit in it's education fund but, with any luck, the district is hoping to bring the gap below 1-million dollars.
For the coming school year, the district is considering reducing a central office administrator, cutting five teacher positions, and reducing field trips.
The District isn't focusing its attention entirely on cuts, however, with the potential to outsource several services to area organizations like tutoring and putting advertising on the district website.
Interim Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Jim Rich says the district should have a goal of extending the amount of time the Education Fund lasts.
"Receiving half of our local property taxes after school is out makes it a real problem for cash flow so what we want to do two, three, four years down the line, you may have to borrow to make payroll," says Rich.
Board of Education members present - which consisted of Molly Palmer and and Rick Welty - said the committee should recommend the board consider the matter more closely at a July 15th retreat. Palmer says she sees a line in the sand between what the district has to do this year and several year's into the future.
"I know that [the district] would love it if the state would give us a positive indication of: here's how much money we're going to get, I would love that too, but we don't have that," says Palmer.
District 205 fired over 70 teaching aides in the 2012-2013 school year, but District administration is hoping to hire them back when state funds are known.
Superintendent Bart Arthur reminded the committee members that the new administration didn't really have time to plan and reminded them that he requested time during his interview process.
"If you would grant me the year, meaning the 13', 14' that we would probably have to deficit spend so that we could develop our plan as a new board and a new administration," says Arthur.
District administration is seeking guidance on which programs the board finds necessary and which revenues it's willing to trade off.
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