$565,238 in cuts proposed at Clare Schools

In a report to the board last Monday night, Finance Committee Chair Dave Maxwell presented a list of proposed “Cost Containments” that would save the district close to $570,000 next year. The committee’s goal was to reduce the budget by $560,239 to maintain a four percent fund balance.

“That is the lowest our fund balance has been since I have been on the board,” Board President Tom Weaver said. “I hope we can get it back up.”

“We kept the cuts as far away from students as possible,” Maxwell said.

Weaver said, “There will be no layoffs and no program cuts.”

“By moving staff creatively,” Superintendent Doniel Pummell said Tuesday, “we will be able to actually reduce Primary class sizes and add a kindergarten section.”

The Board of Education will vote on the proposed cuts next month, but some have already been implemented.

In April the Board voted to eliminate the High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director position held by Michael Schubart. On the list, that will save the board approximately $62,400 next year.

Five retiring teachers were also announced at Monday’s board meeting.

Superintendent Doniel Pummell said one teacher left in mid-year and will not be replaced, and one position was eliminated at the high school with the teacher being moved to another position.

Hiring three new teachers to replace three veteran teachers will save the district about $120,000, and not replacing one that retired will save the district another $114,000. A special education teacher retired and another will work in the Primary School half time and half time in the middle and high school.

Some school nurse costs are eligible to be paid through Title I funds saving $8,000.

Restructuring maintenance from 7 full time and six five hour positions to two full time and 11 five hours positions will save another $130,736.

Reduction in the budget for supplies will save a total of $34,700 with the biggest chunk coming from custodial/maintenance supplies being reduced by 25,000. Next highest was supplies for teachers at a $7,500 cut. Other supplies being cut include building, superintendent and business office, nurses and library supplies.

The Operations Supervisor’s car and clothing allowances were cut on the proposed list, dropping another $3,085. Raising gate entry fees to $5 will save 18,000. The Athletic budget would also be cut by $15,000.

The elimination of insurance for bus drivers and one Class III bus run will save $32,830, and the elimination of additional pay including lead time for the head maintenance person and head custodial pay will save $5,857. Still under transportation, having the transportation supervisor do the MMCC run will save $8,594.

Finally the production of the yearbook as part of a regular class will save another 11,949 in next year’s budget.