Board reviews revised two-year cost containment and budget cut plan

Board reviews revised two-year cost containment and budget cut plan


In early 2019, the School Board approved a proposed two-year cost containment plan for the district. The failure of the November 2019 Operating Referendum, along with inconsistent state and federal funding, continue to impact the district’s budget. At the April 12 School Board Work Session, DeeDee Kahring, Director of Finance and Operations, presented an updated report on budget cuts for the current fiscal year and proposed budget cuts for the 2021-22 school year. In addition to the $6 million cuts to the budget for this current school year, the district must cut an additional $3.1 million in next year’s budget.

Key highlights of these budget cuts and revenue enhancement measures presented to the Board are listed below.

2020-21 School Year Budget includes $6 million in cost containment measures. The items listed below represent the majority of the budget cuts:

●      Change from 7-period to 6-period school day at High School

●      Restructuring Middle School schedule

●      Increase Elementary class size by 1.5 students

●      Soft pay freeze for all staff (excluding teachers)

●      Decrease supply costs

●      Repurpose operating capital funds

2021-22 School Year Budget includes an additional $3.1 million in cuts and revenue enhancements. The items listed below represent the majority of these budget cuts:

●      Soft pay freeze for all teachers (pending negotiations)

●      Insource transportation services

●      Increase in facility rental fees

●      Activity and Athletics fee increase

Kahring’s full presentation to the Board on April 12 can be viewed HERE. The documents reviewed by the Board are posted HERE.  The Board will be asked to adopt these cuts at its regular meeting on April 26, 2021. Final budget approval for the 2021-22 school year will take place at the June Board meeting.