Question: How can the school board and school administration come up with a budget that will put people on fixed incomes out of their homes? And how come there are no cuts in administration?
Answer: The Board of Education adopted the proposed budget after completing seven months of Community Roundtable discussions and several sessions of public discussion with the community at board meetings. Residents had the opportunity to express their wants and needs for budget cuts during that time. In the end, after lengthy consideration, the board adopted a budget they believed was responsive to the desires of the community and true to the mission of the district.
In the 2009-10 budget, one full-time administrator position was eliminated and the district leadership team was restructured -- a move that is saving the district in excess of $110,000 in salary and benefits. The state mandates a certain level of administrative support within each school district.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent