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
Four-day work week for eight weeks in the summer - $26,312
Restructure Middle School in-school suspension - $21,153
Reduction of .2 administrator*
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