Cuts to Custodial, Secretarial Staff on Table as School District Begins Budget Process

School officials are in the early stages of creating Shorewood schools' financial map and closing a $400,000 budget gap for next year.

School officials are eyeing a reduction in custodial and secretarial staff, and decrease in teacher supervision of lunch and playground hours to bridge a $400,000 budget shortfall for next year.

Shorewood estimates the staff reductions and changes in supervision would provide between $140,000 and $220,000 in savings.

District administrators and the School Board started the budget process early this year, trying to wrap up by March or April. This would allow them to put their job listings up as early as possible, Business Manager Mark Boehlke said. 

"We want to be ready for hiring really early, because the good ones go early," he said. 

This year, the district benefited from an error made by the village assessor and saw a huge 25 percent boost in state aid from the previous year. But, the state can only decrease aid to a district by 15 percent per year. 

"To be conservative, we are just working with 85 percent of what we got last year," Boehlke said. 

Other recommendations included ending a safety stipend for a savings of nearly $4,000. Additionally, changing second-year teacher mentorships and contracting out cleaning work is also on the table, though savings haven't been attached to those recommendations as of yet. 

Boehlke said one teacher retirement, coupled with other support staff leaving, will give the district about $60,000 in savings. He added he hasn't yet factored in Athletic Director Bill Haury's retirement.

Additionally, the district's Finance Committee has recommended a capped increase of 2 percent for total teacher salaries; with a financial model set at 3.5 percent, it would save the district about $130,000. Boehlke's office is also waiting to see what health premiums for the district's health insurance plan will be for next year. 

Boehlke added officials are in the early stages of the budget process and have only mapped out possible cuts; additions will be presented soon. 

School Board members also discussed reinstating programs that have been cut over the years like a first-grade Spanish program. 

Officials hope to hold town hall meetings discussing the budget in February and present and vote on a preliminary budget in late March. The Shorewood School District's fiscal year coincides with the school year, ending July 1. 

CowDung January 23, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Maybe they can trim a bit from the music/orchestra program and bring back first grade Spanish. Do they really need a new recording studio at Atwater?
Greg January 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM
N. Peske January 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Oh dear--that time of the year again. Thank you to the school board for setting up the meetings for public input--so important to the process.
Joe Peterlin January 24, 2013 at 02:52 AM
The public input is a meaningless farce; unless you are a Marxist apparatchik.
Keith Schmitz January 24, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Who let the child in the room?
CowDung January 24, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Don't know, but you can leave any time you wish... Stay out of the mud, Keith. Try to use the comment space for discussion rather than just posting insults and making personal attacks.
The Donny Show January 24, 2013 at 03:49 PM
CowDung, You have to remember what being a liberal means. 1. Always be on the attack. 2. Those who dont believe what liberals believe are brainwashed, dumb, ignorant, etc. 3. Any policy that makes sense and cannot be argued on the merits is IMMEDIATELY deemed to be racist. 4. Unions make the world great. Disagree? You are just a rich fool. 5. Resort to name calling if you cannot think of a good response. 6. Never use logic. Only use emotion. We need to feel good. 7. Public opinion doesnt matter. Throw a fit. 8. Dont like what is going on? Run away and pout. (BTW this is also a pre-school lesson). 9. A bill passed that we dont like? Sue over it. The court is the next line of approval after the governor signs a bill per Libs. 10. If all else fails talk louder than your oppponent.
Greg January 24, 2013 at 05:01 PM
http://shorewood.patch.com/articles/district-hires-new-school-communications-coordinator Or this?
The Donny Show January 24, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Greg, dont question her. She has EXTENSIVE experience.
Joe Peterlin January 24, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Looks like our school district could really put that failed bookstore debt repayment to good use.
Lynne Milner January 25, 2013 at 02:34 AM
When is the next budget meeting?
Jeff Lawson April 15, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Why does it matter when the next budget meeting is? This board and Lexmond aren't going to listen to anyone unless they want to spend more and more and more.
Jeff Lawson April 15, 2013 at 04:28 AM
How about ending OPEB? Can one person in this community answer this one question? How much would we save if we ended OPEB?


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