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Super suggests cuts to co-curricular activities

"Right now, everything points to an on-time state budget," Gallagher said. "There has been a lot of talk that there will be some funding restored, but it's not going to be a lot."

Gallagher also recommended the trimming of a music teacher position from a 60 percent job to a 40 percent job.

"We would be cutting that position back from three days a week to two days a week," Gallagher said. "We have looked over the schedule, and there is a way to make sure that the same amount of classes are being taught even with the decrease in the position."

Gallagher stressed that there would be no impact on the core educational programs as a result of his proposals.

Gallagher said that these, along with several other cuts and the use of fund balance, would lead to a tax levy of $3,130,156 under his proposal, an increase of 3.85 percent over the 2010-11 budget. The school is currently looking at a loss of $185,820 in state aid funding.

The biggest increase in revenues would come from using $282,676 from the Employee Benefits Accrued Liabilities Reserve to offset aid and other increases.

"The state Comptroller's office has opened one of the fund balances up for us to help offset budget cuts," Gallagher said."We do have fund balance that we can use to help with the process."

The school board will meet to adopt a proposed budget on Thursday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the school library. The budget will then be sent to the voters for approval on May 17.

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