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t e r. - May 23, 2012 VOUR COMMUNITV Page 11 II Budget From page 1 personnel reductions through- out the district in administration, maintenance and certified staff. In several cases, savings will be gen- erated by using teachers instead of administrators to handle things such as student discipline at the high school and junior high. Schrader and Business Man- ager Kevin Strong said that while some reductions are permanent, such as staff cuts, some are one- time, such as drawing down the district's early retirement fund to pay for retirement stipends. The number of FTE positions in the district has been reduced from 272.65 to 243.04, most due to the switch next fall to a four- day school week, reducing many 40-hour employees to 32, which means they will be counted as .8 FTE. Other reductions and changes include: The combination of the maintenance supervisor and trans- portation supervisor positions, both of which will be vacant after the resignation earlier this year of Maintenance Supervisor Ron An- drews and the retirement of Trans- portation Supervisor LD Ellison at the end of the school year. Those positions will be folded into a hu- man resources/transportation di- rector position that will be filled by current junior high Assistant Prin- cipal Dave Goetz, whose position won't be filled. Schrader said Goetz will continue to help with athletic director duties and his disciplin- ary functions as assistant principal will be assumed by teacher Colleen Henry. One vice principal position at the high school is being elimi- nated, with the athletic director as- suming student disciplinat,y duties formerly assigned to that position. Title 1 responsibilities will be assigned to Foster School Prin- cipal Glenna DeSouza, who add those to her existing duties. A secretarial position and a courier/custodian position in the Maintenance Department are being cut with the retirement of those em- ployees, amounting to 1.85 FFE. A half-time secretary at the school district central office will not be replaced, following retire- ment, and the hours of another Business Office secretary will be reduced. A math teaching position at the junior high school will be cut, due to anticipated declining enroll- ment. A half-time special edu- cation teacher's position will be eliminated by combining the high school and junior high behavior classrooms. Administrators are consid- ering whether an extended-duty stipend paid to a teacher who over- sees the high school newspaper and yearbook could ,be discontin- ued, pending negotiations with the licensed staff, because the publi- cations are produced during class time. The auto shop program will continue to be offered, but on a reduced basis, due to a decline in student participation. Auto shop teacher Bill Chandler has received a layoff notice and Strong said the casses that will be offered will be taught by another vocational high school teacher. "With the change, we are hopeful that interest in the auto shop program will grow," he said. Strong said that the district got a "great surprise" when its estimat- ed workman's compensation costs dropped this year from $131,048 to $114,048. He said the district has had a six-month run with no reportable accidents, as defined by OSHA, and he said officials hope that will play well with its insur- ance carrier. He said another question that people have been asking is how much of the $143,500 water and sewage portion of the plant opera- tion and maintenance budget goes to watering athletic fields. "We expect to spend approxi- mately $25,000 on irrigation for the soccer/softball/JV baseball field behind the high school, $10,000 for the football field and $6,000 for the varsity baseball field," he said, adding that efforts are being made to figure out ways to reduce those costs. "If community members see signs of water leaks when athletic fields are watered this summer, we encourage them to contact the district maintenance department so the leaks can be taken care of as soon as possible," Strong said. A report circulated by Schrad- er noted that the passage of the lo- cal option levy for the swimming pool gave the district an additional $153,000 because it can collect a $63,000 state grant awarded to dis- tricts that pass such levies and in which per-student property value is below the state average which applies to Sweet Home. The budget is based on the assumption that enrollment will increase by 15 students from 2011-12, in which total students, including the charter school, num- ber 2,313. If the expected increase happens, the total would return to approximately the 2010-11 total of 2,333. The budget was built based on several assumptions, such as the state's revenue forecast. No district staff members re- ceived a cost-of-living increase during the 2012-13 school year, although teachers receive a step in- crease on July 1. It is the third year with no cost-of-living increase for teachers and administrators, and the second year for classified staff. The budget includes one fur- lough day next school year, while this year had four. The June 11 School Board meeting, which will include a pub- lic hearing on the budget, will be held at 7 p.m. in the district board room, 1920 Long St. II Veterans From page 1 website at http://orpin.oregon.gov. 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