The district has come up with $759,531 in budget cuts for 2011-12. Not the $1 million we thought, but still substantial. We have say that in looking at the cuts, it’s not good to have ‘assistant’ in your job title at MG.
But first, we have some questions. The main one is that there is a $243,531 reduction due to closing Maywood. That’s fine. But the district website shows that there is a $225,000-250,000 one-time cost to upgrade Winnequah so that it can take K-2 graders. I believe there was around $60,000-70,000 left over from the referendum fund that could be used for an upgrade like this, but that still leaves $150,000-180,000 that is unaccounted for.
Also, what is the status of the $850,000 the district is getting from the federal government? The H-I reported that some of it will be used cover deficits – but how much? Or is it going to projects of some kind.
As for the budget cuts, there are no specific programs on the block. 4th grade strings isn’t being threatened. No sports programs. The major cuts are about 12 positions. Assistants and coordinators took it on the chin.
Please review and let us know your thoughts. Also, what’s next? Is a referendum on the horizon? If so, let’s hope the district puts out a list of what gets cut if that fails.