D9 budget even tight, but no staff or days cut at this time

The June 9 District 9 Board of Directors workshop included members of the budget committee to hear the latest information on funding reductions from Interim Business Manager Dan Zaklan.

Zaklan said the reductions for District 9 for next year will be $1.7 million. Over the last three years this means the district has slashed $4.7 million out of the budget.

No staff reductions and no reduction in days is anticipated at this time, noted Zaklan. He said $700,000 will be cut as the administration looks at every other nook and cranny for cuts. The remainder of the $1.7 million will be $1 million out of the carryover. This will leave $1,050,000 at the end of the 2011 fiscal year.

Zaklan advised those present that there are two more economic forecasts due out this year and if the October forecast is another negative one, it could be necessary to cut days. Each day cut amounts to $111,000. This means five days would be a half million dollars. 

The district is also looking at a variety of ways to reduce expenses. Zaklan said the district now spends $45,000 annually on copy and printing machines throughout the district. He said the high school, alone, spends $12,000 a year on refill cartridges. They are investigating a coordinated district-wide system as a savings. Zaklan said they are also looking at an electronic system to do away with much of the paper, especially in business office.

For the 2011-13 biennium there is an anticipated increase of $700,000 in PERS cost.

Zaklan also pointed out that the district has lost 88 students this year. At $6,000 a student that is an additional reduction that will need to be worked into the formula. It is 25-30 more than were lost this year.

The District 9 administration has not taken raises for three years, noted Zaklan. He concluded his discussion with board and budget members by emphasizing “the need to be a team.”
The public hearing on the 2010-22 budget will be held in the board room at the administration building on June 23 at 6 p.m.

During the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m., announcement was made of changes in principals at Eagle Rock and Eagle Point Middle school for the coming year. For the current year, Joni Parsons has been principal of both schools, but next year she will the principal at EPMS only and Harry Hedrick will be principal at Eagle Rock.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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