WAPS potential budget cuts


(2/5/2018)

School closures or reconfigurations

(The budget reduction options listed in this section cannot be accumulated. Each is to be considered separately. The maximum savings amount for this section is limited to the one item with the largest savings amount. School closures would require attendance boundaries to be redrawn.)

• Move fourth graders to Winona Middle School (WMS) and eighth graders to Winona High School (WSHS)
Savings: $121,841


In order to make room for the fourth graders to move to WMS, the eighth graders would need to be moved to WSHS. There is room at WSHS to accommodate this change. While there may be some savings related to eighth graders taking some classes with their upperclassmen, the amount is unknown and is not included in the listed savings amount. If the eighth grade were located at WSHS, there would be the opportunity for gifted eighth graders to take higher level courses.

Currently there are 210 third graders enrolled who will become the fourth grade class for the ‘18-19 school year. If these students were all enrolled at one building, there would need to be 7.5 sections to accommodate the current class size goal of 28. Currently this same group of students have 9.78 sections spread throughout the district. Rounding the 7.5 projected sections up to eight (to be conservative and take into account the difference in class size targets between third and fourth grade), it is estimated that moving this group to WMS would save approximately 1.78 FTE (full-time equivalent employee).

• Close Rollingstone
Savings: $408,984.27


Current enrollment at Rollingstone Community School is 74 with class sizes ranging from 12 (grade two, when not combined) to 35 (grades three and four, combined). The city of Rollingstone currently leases office space within the school and would be displaced if the school were closed. The estimated operational savings are calculated below.

- Administration reduced by .20 FTE for a savings of $25,889
- Classroom teachers reduced by 3.14 FTE for a savings of $214,933
- Specialist would be reduced by .46 FTE for a savings of $31,418.55
- Building secretary would be reduced by 1,515 annual hours for a savings of $44,116.80
- Media secretary would be reduced by 1,080 hours for a savings of $28,964.52
- Other clerical staff would be reduced by 135.75 hours for a savings of $2,657.71
- Contracted cleaning would be eliminated for a savings of $24,252
- Utilities would be reduced by 75 percent for a savings of $31,434.21
- Custodial repairs would be reduced by 75 percent for a savings of $4,515
- Custodial travel would be reduced by 100 percent for a savings of $1,000
- Custodial supplies would be reduced by 25 percent for a savings of $773.48
- Loss of revenue: $970
- Current/future identified maintenance savings: $1,629,971

• Close Madison
Savings: $504,120.52


Current enrollment at Madison Elementary School is 196 with class sizes ranging from 12 (grade two) to 25 (grade four). Of this number, 101 students are part of the SLIP offering and the remaining 95 are not. The Madison SLIP and specialized special education programs will be relocated to another school in the district. The WSU Children’s Center located at Madison Elementary would be displaced. The estimated operational savings are calculated below:

- Administration would be reduced by .30 FTE for a savings of $38,833.08
- Classroom teachers would be reduced by 3 FTEs for a savings of $205,350
- Specialist would be reduced by .77 FTE for a savings of $52,364.25
- Building secretary would be would be reduced by 1,696 hours for a savings of $49,387.52
- Media secretary would be reduced by 1,170 hours for a savings of $31,378.23
- Health secretary would be reduced by 946 hours for a savings of $20,007.90
- Custodian would be eliminated for a savings of $64,456
- Utilities would be reduced by 75 percent for a savings of $45,262.29
- Custodial repairs would be reduced by 75 percent for a savings of $7,818.75
- Custodial supplies would be reduced by 25 percent for a savings of $1,262.50
- Loss of rent/revenue: $12,000
- Current/future identified maintenance savings: $7,583,739

• Close Rollingstone and Madison
Savings: $732,676.49


The city of Rollingstone currently leases office space within Rollingstone and would be displaced if the school were closed. Madison houses SLIP and a special education program which requires placement where the students can be integrated with their peers. The WSU Children’s Center located at Madison would be displaced. The estimated operational savings are calculated below:

- Administration would be reduced by .30 FTE for a savings of $38,833.08
- Classroom teachers would be reduced by 4.14 FTEs for a savings of $283,383
- Specialist would be reduced by .63 for a savings of $43,123.50
- Building secretary would be reduced by 3,211 hours for a savings of $93,504.32
- Media secretary would be reduced by 2,250 hours for a savings of $60,342.75
- Health secretary would be reduced by 946 hours for a savings of $20,007.90
- Other clerical would be reduced by 135.75 hours for a savings of $2,657.71
- Custodian expenses would be eliminated for a savings of $64,456
- Contracted cleaning would be reduced by 100 percent for a savings of $24,252
- Utilities would be reduced by 75 percent for a savings of $76,696.50
- Custodial repairs would be reduced by 75 percent for a savings of $12,333.75
- Custodial travel would be eliminated for a savings of $1,000
- Custodial supplies would be reduced by 25 percent for a savings of $2,035.98
- Transportation (one-mile zone): $22,050
- Loss of rent: $12,000
Current/future identified maintenance savings: $9,213,710

• Strict adherence to class size target minimums
Savings: $303,233.50


Currently the elementary class sizes fluctuate greatly with some at target level and others significantly below target class sizes. This results in an inefficient use of staff and higher expenditure levels and creates inequities throughout the district. To curb this, the class size “minimum” would be followed which would mean that additional sections would not be added if the resulting classes would fall below the minimum level. If all five elementary schools were to remain open and a “minimum” policy were adhered to, it is estimated that 4.43 FTEs could be reduced. This would also require more combination classes (estimated at 12 which are combined into six for the 2019 school year) and combination classes which are very large (some at 36 and larger). This would result in tight classrooms, especially in schools with smaller rooms.

Activities

• Eliminate speech: $7,768
(Not offered in 2018 as a coach was not able to be located.)

• Eliminate hockey (boys and girls): $30,178
(Girls hockey not offered in 2018 due to lack of interest.)

• Eliminate three-act play: $3,192

 

• Reduce activities clerical support position by 10 days: $2,004.53

Administration
(Some items cannot be combined. They are denoted with an asterisk.)

• Reduce Rollingstone principal: $25,889
The school currently has a .20 FTE; duties would be assigned to director of teaching and learning.

• Reduce central print hours: $6,580.87
The ‘17-18 budget included staffing for eight hours per day; however, these duties can be accomplished in 6.75 hours per day and have already been reduced.

• Additional three furlough days for executive cabinet: $11,573
Staff have agreed to give up three days from contract

• Three furlough days for principals: $9,699.95
Members of the bargaining unit agreed to give up three days from contracts; administrators contracted less than full-time are excluded. This would require the bargaining group to sign a memo of understanding.

• Reduce human resources director to .80 FTE: $19,208*

• Reduce human resources director to .70 FTE: $35,740*

• Reduce .20 FTE principal/charter school liaison: $25,889
Task would be reassigned to director of teaching and learning.

Services

• Reduce frequency of inter-school mail routes: $17,583
The district employs a mail person to run a daily route between schools to deliver packages of interschool mail. A twice-weekly schedule has been recently implemented to determine if this is feasible.

Elementary

• Eliminate SLIP interns: $10,800

• Eliminate math specialist: $68,450

• Eliminate reading specialist: $68,450

• Reduce 3.0 FTEs in grades K-4: $205,350
Would require continuation of combination classes and approximately two classes over the target class size range.

• Eliminate orchestra at fourth grade: $34,225

• Eliminate elementary gifted and talented programming: $43,869

Funding shifts

• Freeze curriculum purchases for one year: $75,000

• Use additional capital dollars to fund tech staff: $105,000
As part of budget reductions for ‘17-18, the School Board used $180,000 of capital dollars to fund salaries and benefits for tech staff; this option continues this, paired with the above option.

• Use staff development dollars to fund portion of opening workshop day: $40,000

• Use tech levy for technology integrationists: $205,350
As part of budget reduction process for ‘17-18, the School Board used a portion of the technology levy to fund salaries and benefits for two tech integrationists. The total amount of that funding shift was $130,400. This would continue to fund those two plus a third (contingent on restructuring media center staffing option below). This projected savings uses an average teacher cost and not the actual cost, and would be capped at $205,350.

Maintenance

• Vacate and sell Central: $61,697.40
Central was closed as an elementary school after the 2011 school year. It has since housed different programming, including currently housing Miller Academic Mentoring, Community Education offices, adult basic education classrooms, ECSE classroom, and has been used as a gymnasium for ALC students. If closed, the operational costs below would be saved:

- Contracted cleaning would be eliminated for a savings of $26,556
- Utilities would be reduced by 75 percent for a savings of $35,891.40
- Custodial repairs would be reduced by 75 percent for a savings of $7,920
- Custodial supplies would be reduced by 25 percent for a savings of $3,000
- Loss of rent: $11,400

If the building were to be sold the district would need to relocate programs. Miller Academic Mentoring is moving to WMS. Adult basic education classroom and related childcare would potentially need to be leased somewhere in the community, which would be cost-neutral as it would be eligible for lease levy funding. Community Education could be relocated to the ag building at WSHS with ag programs moved to empty rooms in the industrial tech wing at WSHS. Students at ALC would need to share gym space at Jefferson. Special education programming would need to move to the space currently leased by WSU at W-K, which would displace WSU. There would be remodeling costs at the ag building.

Current and future identified maintenance savings: $5,776,897.

Media Centers

• Restructure media center staffing: $68,450*
The current 2.0 FTEs serving as media specialists would be cut and an additional 1.0 FTE technology integrationist would be added. The district would then employ zero media specialists and three technology integrationists, who would pick up additional media center specialist duties.

• Reduce one media specialist: $68,450*

• Reduce one technology integrationist: $68,450*

• Decrease media center supply budgets: $4,928
This would be a 10 percent reduction in the budget.

Pupil support

• Eliminate school resource officer and reduce safety specialists: $117,111

Revenue enhancements

• Increase fees charged for rental of district facilities by 10 percent: $1,360
Much of the current rental revenue is under current contract and could not be raised without renegotiating.

• Increase activity and athletic fees: $14,765

 

- WSHS activity from $45 to $60
- WSHS sport/full from $140 to $160
- WSHS sport/reduced from $70 to $80
- WSHS sport/free from $45 to $50
- WSHS cap from $420 to $480
- WMS sport/full from $75 to $80
- WMS sport/reduced from $40 to $45
- WMS sport/free from $25 to $30
- WMS marching band from $30 to $40
- WMS cap from $225 to $240

Transportation

• Increase no-ride zone from one mile to two: $168,000
This would result in about 201 more walkers on the first tier and 154 more walkers on the second tier and would eliminate three routes on both tiers. State highways 61, 43, and 248 are considered hazards and rides are offered to students to avoid crossing; kindergarteners are also given rides who would otherwise have to cross a railroad track.

Winona Middle School

• Eliminate music lessons at WMS: $182,077

• Eliminate clerical position: $31,250

• Increase size of core classes: $136,900
Average range would increase from 28 to 32 students and sections of more than 35 students would not be uncommon.

• Eliminate sub caller position: $7,140


Winona Senior High School

• Eliminate music lessons at WSHS: $119,103

• Eliminate clerical position: $39,715

• Increase size of core classes: $136,900
Average would range from 29 to 33 and sections of more than 40 students would not be uncommon.

• Reduce secondary elective costs: $68,450
This would increase the number of students needed to run a class to 22.

 

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