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Weigh in on school cuts this Thursday (01/30/2013)
By Emily Buss
The Winona Area Public School (WAPS) Board will hold a special meeting Thursday to facilitate public comment regarding the recently proposed $500,000 in budget cuts for the 2013-2014 school year. The public will have the chance to provide input on the proposed budget reductions at 6 p.m. at Winona City Hall.

Last week, the board discussed 21 proposed adjustments that would help trim the district budget; the biggest reduction would result in increased class sizes.

The option to increase current class size targets by two could potentially save the district an estimated $110,000 each year.

Superintendent Scott Hannon said while the increased target number could be difficult to attain, it is possible “through retirement and good scheduling.”

A $50,000 reduction in the amount allocated to textbooks and a $40,000 collective reduction from clerical departments at both the middle school and high school were also proposed.

A third proposal that could save the district $28,000 would be a reduction in instructional supplies for all departments in the district.

Other proposed budget cuts

• Restructure elementary emotional behavioral disorder programs and day treatment services - $38,000

• .6 reduction of Middle School electives (Family and Consumer Sciences)* - $33,000

• Charge back human resources and information services to school nutrition and community services

- $25,000

• Four-day work week for eight weeks in the summer - $26,312

• Restructure Middle School in-school suspension - $21,153

• Reduction of .2 administrator*

- $20,000

• Restructure high school and middle school safety specialist schedules- $16,000

• Reduce school nutrition, maintenance position by .3 full-time equivalent*- $15,000

• Reduce special education lead teacher position at the middle school by .4 full-time equivalent*- $15,000

• Move Greenhouse Program to a different location- $10,000

• Reduce elementary consumable instructional supplies- $10,000

• Replace Lotus Notes and MS Office with Google (G-Mail and apps)- $10,000

• Change property insurance parameters- $10,000

• Close middle school pool early- $7,000

• Reduce copy usage- $6,000

*A full-time employee has a status of 1.0, while lower decibel numbers represent a fraction of full-time status 

 

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