Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Neil Pedersen is submitting his first recommended budget in 17 years without a requested spending increase.
"The budget is based not on what we need to meet our mission but rather on the revenues that we anticipate being available," he says in a guest column coming in Wednesday's Chapel Hill News.
To meet increased expenses next year such as for the employer share of health insurance for locally paid staff, Pedersen says the school district must reduce its current expenditures by $875,000. He is proposing:
- Reducing non-personnel spending by 10 percent ($250,000)
- Instituting hiring freezes and/or delays ($200,000)
- Cutting non-personnel budgets at the school level by 10 percent ($144,000)
- Reducing workdays for teacher assistants in grades K-3 by five days. These are days when students are not in attendance.
- Cutting one teaching position in the two largest high schools, and reducing part-time clerical support in the middle schools.
This budget counts on the Orange County commissioners maintaining the current appropriation to the school district. If any of the superintendent's assumptions become invalid, the district would face staff reductions.