M-E Board of Education Holds 7th Budget Workshop
3/14/2013 (Updated 10:52:46 PM)It's getting closer to April 22-- the day Maine-Endwell Superintendent Jason Van Fossen says they need to adopt a budget.
On Thursday, the Board of Education participated in their seventh budget workshop and lots of parents and teachers were there to listen in.
Van Fossen presented what positions are up for reduction to fix a 3.8 million dollar deficit. 11 positions could be cut from grades K-6, saving over $700,000, 12.6 positions in grades 7-12 saving over $800,000. 18 support services would also be cut. 23.5 non-instructional retirements or resignations will save the district over $600,000. The superintendent says he expects people's reactions to the cuts will be similar to the reactions of those going through the grieving process.
I think people are numb, there's going to be some shock, there's going to be some emotion and when all that wears off we still need to come back and say 'ok we still have to educate these kids and we have to provide a great education, a great program'," said Jason Van Fossen, superintendent of schools.
There's a lot of different ways to approach this situation. I think that the cuts that don't come directly from the kids suffering a loss of something are places that need to be investigated the most thoroughly," said Christine Sumner, parent of 4th and 8th grade students.
Options are still on the table, like cutting all after school activities--from clubs to intramural sports--which could save $200,000. Although the savings may be big, Van Fossen says investing in after school programs has been beneficial to M-E students.
Van Fossen says they will have an eight budget workshop March 28th to tie up some loose ends.
Ali Warner Fox 40 HD News.
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