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At Thursday evenings School Board meeting, Superintendent Don Grosdidier presented to the Board, the Administration’s proposal for cuts in next year’s budget.
Grosdidier explained at length about how decreases from the state in school financing and the ending of new facilities money will create a projected $1.3 million loss in revenue in the next budget year.
Grosdidier outlined some administrative level cuts which included not replacing some district staff that have decided to retire and modification of or cancelling some of the contracts the district currently holds. While these cuts will provide approximately $750,000 in savings to the district, there is still a little over $500,000 in costs that need to be addressed.
The Superintendent went on to state that while expected attrition at the Middle and High School levels can help alleviate the shortfall, the Elementary School will suffer the most, due to lack of retirements or expected resignations.
The proposed cuts for the elementary school will be five current classroom teachers and slightly expanding class sizes next year. Grosdidier did point out during his presentation that while increasing the class sizes in Eudora, it would still be either lower or similar to other area districts such as De Soto, Baldwin, Spring Hill and Basehor-Linwood.
At the Middle and High School level, the cuts would be a part time Social Studies position and a part time Spanish teacher position. The Middle School would additionally cut a 6th grade keyboarding teacher and a language arts teacher. The High School is looking to also cut an art teacher and one English teacher position. The plan also calls for reducing the Family and Consumer Sciences position to part time and reduce the Choir Accompanist time by half.
After the presentation of possible cuts, Grosdidier talked about options to increase revenue. Grosdidier went on to explain that any increases in revenue, could change the number of positions cut. One proposal brought to the board was to increase the fee for All Day Kindergarten. Currently, the fee is $100 per student per year. The proposal was to increase that fee to $250 per semester. Other fee increases were also mentioned, but none discussed as much in depth as the All Day Kindergarten fee. Some of those included raising fees for KSHSAA activities and student instructional fees and possible charging transportation fees.
Grosdidier did state that he was not in favor of fees in regards to transportation since all three schools have limited access like K-10 and 10th Street and could cause safety issues with kids walking on these streets as opposed to using District transportation.
After the presentation, the Board gave Administration the consensus that they would seriously consider raising the All Day Kindergarten fees to $250 per student per semester.
Grosdidier added that these cuts are only proposals and any changes the State makes to the financing formula and base state aid could either add or subtract to the proposal.
The possible cuts and adding of fees will be brought to the Board at their May meeting to vote on.