Rochester schools are preparing for $4.5 million in budget cuts. The article about the task force's recommendations is below. Here is a list of their suggestions. At the bottom of that file are the items they would like to save from the budgetary ax, if possible. (Called "buyback items.")
The public will get a chance for their input Wednesday, Jan 20. at the Edison Building. Staff input will run from 4 p.m. to 6:30 pm., while the public can talk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here;s breakdown of when people will need to show up (the number to the left is where the item shows up on the reduction list, which is linked above and at the bottom of this entry.
4:00-4:15 General (A1-A51)
4:15-4:30 Technology, Business Services, Facilities (A15, A16, A66, A67, A69, A70, A72, A73, A76, A102, A106)
4:30-4:50 Human Resources, Staff Development (A71, A77, A78, A84, A100, A105a, A107a, A116)
4:50-5:10 Elementary School (A74, A81, A82a, A89b, A89d, A94)
5:10-5:30 Middle School (A59, A60, A61, A62, A63, A64, A75, A92b)
5:30-5:50 High School, Athletics & Activities (A58b, A65, A79 A83, A85b, A91b)
5:50-6:10 Curriculum, Student Support Services (A56, A57, A68, A80, A86, A87, A88, A93, A96)
6:10-6:25 Administration, School Board (A52a, A53a, A54a, A55, A108b, A117, A118, A119, A120, A121, A122)
7:00-7:15 General (A1-A51)
7:15-7:30 Technology, Business Services, Facilities (A15, A16, A66, A67, A69, A70, A72, A73, A76, A102, A106)
7:30-7:45 Human Resources, Staff Development (A71, A77, A78, A84, A100, A105a, A107a, A116)
7:45-8:00 Elementary School (A74, A81, A82a, A89b, A89d, A94)
8:00-8:15 Middle School (A59, A60, A61, A62, A63, A64, A75, A92b)
8:15-8:30 High School, Athletics & Activities (A58b, A65, A79 A83, A85b, A91b)
8:30-8:45 Curriculum, Student Support Services (A56, A57, A68, A80, A86, A87, A88, A93, A96)
8:45-9:00 Administration, School Board (A52a, A53a, A54a, A55, A108b, A117, A118, A119, A120, A121, A122)
LINK: Time for budget carving (article)
LINK: Final task force recommendations (.pdf)
It's about time for the Rochester School Board to do some budget carving.
A task force of teachers, parents, administrators and community
members finalized a list of recommended cuts in Rochester public
schools Monday night. The school board needs to cut about $4.5 million
from the district's $149.6 million general fund. Rochester public
schools cut more than $9 million last year.
This year's list includes widespread reductions to departmental
budgets, staffing levels and programming. The entire list of proposed
cuts is available at Postbulletin.com.
The largest recommendation belongs to a 50 percent cut to the
district's nearly $1.9 million staff development budget, which funds
training for new teachers and continuing education opportunities for
That 50 percent cut represents $941,275, or more than double the
next highest item, laying off 3.5 percent of the district's high school
teachers. That represents about seven teachers or $401,800.
School districts could previously cut their staff development
budgets by 50 percent, but a legislative change for this year allows
districts to cut even deeper than that, if desired.
Because that fund represents such a large amount of money, task
force members recommended that the district should research how much
could be used without eliminating staff development. Then, more
teaching positions could be saved.
That new wrinkle provides this year's budget task force with more
wiggle room in developing suggestions. The general fund offers few
big-ticket options other than cutting staff. More than 81 percent of
the $149.6 million general fund is spent on staff salaries and
Rochester public schools used the 50 percent staff reduction
recommendation, with approval from the Rochester Education Association,
in making last year's cuts.
A small group from the task force presented the finalized recommendations to Superintendent Romain Dallemand on Tuesday.
Dallemand will bring the suggestions to the school board, probably after the school board meeting of Jan. 19. The board has typically hosted public input sessions before voting
on the recommendations. After that, the board has typically had a work
session to review the cuts in full.
Those meetings, like the task force meetings, are open to the public.