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Board lists possible budget cuts

May 29, 2002|by TARA REILLY

To make up for a $1.3 million shortfall for fiscal year 2003, the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday morning discussed making the following cuts:

n Eliminating 20 teaching positions to save $854,340.

n Eliminating 15 teaching positions to save $640,755.

n Eliminating 10 teaching positions to save $422,170.

n Cutting 54 of the 108 instructional assistants funded through the School Board's general fund budget. The board has 204 instructional assistants, but 96 are funded with grant money.

n Eliminating all sports that don't bring in revenue to the school system, including baseball, tennis, track and field and lacrosse; doubling athletic fees for students; doubling gate fees to sporting events, eliminating the senior discount to events and eliminating free admission to events for employees.

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n Delaying salary increases for all staff for up to 61/2 months to save $1.8 million. Salary increases for all staff would go into effect Jan. 15, 2003.

n Delaying salary increases for all staff for six months to save $1.7 million. The increases would go into effect Jan. 1, 2003.

n Delaying salary increases for four months to save $998,837. The increases would go into effect Nov. 1.

n Delaying salary increases for three months to save $642,280. The increases would go into effect Oct. 1.

n Delaying salary increases for two months to save about $285,000.

The School Board also is considering the following salary delays that do not include support staff. Support employees are in the middle of a two-year contract and are guaranteed 3 percent raises for the year, unless they agree to the delays.

The possible salary delays for teachers and administrators are:

n Six and one-half months to save $1.5 million. Increases would go into effect Jan. 15;

n Six months to save $1.3 million. Increases would go into effect Jan. 1.

n Four months to save $782,533. Increases would go into effect Nov. 1.

n Three months to save $480,052. Increases would go into effect Oct. 1.

n Two months to save $177,571. Increases would go into effect Sept. 1.

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