The Five Town Community School District Finance Committee planned to meet again Tuesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Chorus Room of Camden Hills Regional High School to continue review of the requested $11.5 million 2010-2011 budget and potential spending cuts. The committee last met on March 11, moving through the second tier of a three-tier list of possible cuts. The cuts approved by straw vote by the Finance Committee were not extensive, with most academic teaching cut measures failing, on average, by several votes. Measures to reduce the organic maintenance of playing fields also failed (saving $5,000), as did a suggestion to reduce the number of school days from 177 to 175, saving $55,000.

The committee did agree to trim $8,400 in board members’ stipends and acknowledged a $20,500 savings achieved because fuel prices were negotiated at a lower price than what had originally been budgeted.

The athletics program would be looked at in its entirety at the next finance meeting, according to committee meeting minutes.

The requested budget, which does not include any of the proposed tiered cuts, is $11.5 million, a reduction from the approved 2009-2010 budget of $13,909. Not included in this budget are any increases in teacher, ed tech or administrative salaries. Those contracts are currently or will soon be under negotiations.

Tier I cuts and savings were discussed and a straw poll was taken after comments from school board members, staff, students and community members were heard. The following actions were recorded via the straw poll vote

 

Five Town CSD -Budget 2010-2011
BOARD
TIER #1 POTENTIAL BUDGET CUTS
STRAW
Student
Item
Amount
No/Hold
VOTE
VOTE
Teaching positions:
Cut 1/2 math position
$35,000
Y 8-2
Y 2-0
Don’t fill 1/2 tech-theater position
$39,063
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Cut 1/2 English position
$25,000
Y 8-2
N 0-2
Don’t fill 1/2 social studies teacher
$25,000
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Don’t fill 1/8 Latin teacher
$8,000
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Other positions:
Cut tutor in learning center
$0
Hold
Cut 1 SpEd ed tech II position
$28,000
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Don’t fill 1 computer tech position
$20,000
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Cut 1/2 library ed tech position
$16,000
N 2-8
N 0-2
Don’t fill 1 custodian (in req. budget)
$0
Cut 1/2 central office receptionist
$11,000
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Cut Asst Supt time
$13,000
Y 7-3
Y 2-0
Horizons Administration reduction
$2,292
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Cut  school counselor services
$13,000
N 4-6
N 0-2
Reduce psych examiner  by 12 days=183
$5,500
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Cut building administration costs
$16,168
Y 7-3
N 0-2
Reduce Ops/Maintenance director time
$845
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Activities and other:
Close buildings on holidays/Sundays, etc.
$5,000
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Cut Diversity Club
$390
Y 9-1
Y 2-0
Cut Mock Trial
$821
Y 9-1
Y 2-0
Cut track
$3,703
Hold
Offset activities costs with Bisbee
$20,000
Y 10-0
Y 2-0
Technology
$11,000
Y 11-0
Y 1-0
Partial cut in course reimbursement
$5,000
Y 9-2
Y 1-0
Misc. special education costs
$6,635
Y 11-0
Y 1-0
Partial cut professional development
$10,000
Y 6-5
N 0-1
Cut costs to do fields organically
$5,000
N 4-7
Y 1-0
Cut Board stipends
$8,400
Y 10-1
Y 1-0
MCST
$5,291
Y
Technology leases
$44,000
Y
Fuel oil savings at 2.35/gal
$20,501
~
Y
Tier #1 totals:
$365,906
$37,703
The last three items did not require a vote, these are requested budget items

Five Town CSD -Budget 2010-2011

TIER#2  POTENTIAL BUDGET CUTS
BOARD
Item
Amount
STRAW
Student
Teaching positions:
No/Hold
VOTE
VOTE
Cut 1/2 math teacher (total of 1)
$25,000
N 5-6
N 0-1
Cut 1/2 science teacher
$25,000
N 3-8
N 0-1
Cut 1/2 English teacher (total 1/2)
$25,000
N 3-8
N 0-1
Cut 1/2 business teacher
$25,000
N 2-9
N 0-1
Other positions:
Cut sp ed administration
$6,268
Y 11-0
N 0-1
Reduce Ops/Maintenance director time
$845
Y 11-0
N 0-1
Activities and other:
Cut back to 175 student days
$55,000
N 4-7
N 0-1
Cut freshman soccer & basketball
$16,266
Hold
Cut boys and girls JV tennis/JV lacrosse
$6,000
Hold
Cut varsity swimming & varsity lacrosse
$21,372
Hold
Cut curricular enrichment activities
$2,500
Hold
Cut rest of course reimbursement
$6,000
N 0-11
N 0-1
Cut addtl professional development
$2,710
N 0-11
N 0-1
Cut  food service
$25,000
Y 11-0
N 0-1
Tier #2 totals:
$32,113
$209,848
Total of Tiers #1 and #2
$398,020
$247,551