Staff has presented $49 million worth of budget cuts to choose from today.
The school board needs to cut $39 million to balance the budget. That includes $3 million that the school board would cut out for now because commissioners have withheld the money to make sure enrollment matches projections.
A lot is what is expected. It includes eliminating all the new programs minus the increases in salary supplment recommended by commissioners. It also includes cuts from March such as slashing employee dental benefits and freezing the teacher salary supplement to 07-08 dollars.
Some new things today include saving $3.2 million by hiring fewer new teachers, cutting $280,886 in instructional supplies for schools and raising an additional $141,840 by another $25 increase in student parking fees. Thh would come on top of the $25 per year increase already put in the budget by the school board.
The board is now beginning to discuss the changes it wants to make.