By reducing equipment acquisitions in the 2011-12 budget year, the district can save $100,000. Recycling athletic gear and minimizing rental costs in the athletic program could net $50,000 and the reduction of BOCES services can save $80,000. Distributing newsletters and notifications electronically could save the district $10,ooo, while downsizing assistant coaches from some of the athletic teams can cut $14,203 from the budget. Eliminating summer school classes at Burton Street Elementary (which are not state mandated) would net the district an additional $14,500, and decreasing other administrative costs could save the district $21,600.
The district plans to reduce staffing by seven positions. It is not filling vacant positions left by retiring teachers, but class sizes will stay about the same because of declining enrollment.
In addition to contract negotiations with the teacher's union that will save the district $550,000, Dubik and his fellow administrators have agreed to a pay freeze for next year.
The next budget presentation will be a public briefing at 6:30 p.m. May 10. Budget brochures will be mailed before May 10 so all who are interested in learning more about specific reductions may bring their questions and concerns to the briefing. The annual school budget vote will be held May 17.