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Glendale-River Hills must make cuts to balance budget

Staffing reductions planned in district

May 26, 2010

Glendale — The Glendale-River Hills School Board is poised to vote on a $14 million budget that reflects cuts of $700,000 in spending.

District Administrator Larry Smalley said the district has not settled employee contracts yet but currently the budget calls for the following:

• reducing the librarian positions by 0.5, to one full-time position. That person will work between the libraries in the two school buildings, saving $48,500;

• reducing most paraprofessionals to 0.75 FTE, thereby trimming benefits from full time to part time. Paraprofessionals will work six hours vs. the current 6.5 hours a day, a savings of $69,000;

• reducing elementary guidance positions from 2.0 to 1.5 FTE, a savings of $35,000;

• reducing special education teachers from 14 to 13.5 FTE, a savings of $30,000, done at the request of a special education teacher desiring a half-time position for the coming year;

• reducing the custodial staff from 6.6 FTEs to 6, a savings of $34,500;

• and eliminating one 0.72 FTE special education paraprofessional, a savings of $17,500.

Smalley said some increases in revenue will also reduce the deficit:

• an increase in Open Enrollment of $71,500;

• an increase in retirement savings of $141,000;

• and revenue limits increase of $60,000.

The district will also share the services of Sue Doyle with Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District.

"She will become the special education director for both districts," Smalley said.

Shared services will account for about $60,000 in savings for the district.

In addition, Smalley said the proposed budget will allow the district to hire a teacher to a new section of fourth grade and a 0.3 FTE gifted and talented teacher.

The budget is scheduled for adoption June 16, with the annual meeting Aug. 18.

- Mary Buckley

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