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3/21/2013 2:42:00 PM
Target number for Unit 2 reductions is $500,000
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The magic number is $500,000 in budget reductions for the Robinson Unit 2 School District.

During Monday night's regular board meeting Superintendent Josh Quick outlined what has been done over the last four years, as well as what needs to be done now and in the future.

As usual, the reductions will come in the form of cuts to staff and extra-curricular activities and anywhere else they can be found.

Quick said Reduction In Force and attrition would account for cuts of between $135,000 and $160,000. A RIF in non-certified staff would account for between $35,000 and $50,000. Quick also said retirement incentives for non-certified staff could mean as much as $50,000.

Other savings in personnel costs could be realized through hours reduction non-certified staff for as much as $85,000. Pay freezes for non-certified staff and administrators could also realize around $85,000 in savings.

Additional savings from athletic and extra-curricular activities could mean around $100,000 in savings and miscellaneous fees and revenue could mean an additional $5,000 to $15,000.

The Unit 2 board approved RIFs to two certified staff and accepted one retirement during Monday night's meeting.

Since 2009, the district has made reductions in certified staff positions include: high-school social studies, business/Spanish, business, art, curriculum director/grants and physical education aides.

Other reductions have been made to the textbook budget, cut the number of days for Nuttall Middle School secretary, maintenance part of the technology budget, vehicle budget (automatic rotation replacements), insurance benefits for newly hired non-certified staff, increased cafeteria fees and registration fees and reducing salary increases for non-certified and administrators not under collective bargaining agreements.

They have also realized cost savings in the form of new contracts for copying and printing, natural gas supply and energy efficiency projects to bring down utility costs.

In order for the district to meet its obligations, Quick is recommending the transfer of remaining Working Cash funds to the Education Fund and transferring up to 50 percent of other operating fund balances to the Ed Fund before June 30 unless authority is extended.

Quick said they also will need to look at the possibility of borrowing money to finish fiscal year 2014.

If there is no improvement in the situation from the state, the additional reduction of one or two administrative positions, further reduction of non-certified staff and certified staff positions and athletics/extra-curricular activities may have to be considered, he added.

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