In his proposed list to the board, Howard said “Superintendent Cuts” that he will take at his discretion and do not require board approval.
Specific budget and position cuts Howard presented to the board include the following:
• Make instructional assistants six hours per day
• Eliminate one assistant from each high school sports team
• Reduce the attendance specialist position to a 185-day contract
• Move the Alternative School to the high school and eliminate one teacher
• Eliminate the drug counselor
• Eliminate the lead systems analyst position
• Cut central office finance salaries
• Eliminate the district-wide school nurse
• Reduce instructional assistants to a 181-day contract
• Change administrative assistants to central office receptionist/secretary
• Eliminate the Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) job coach position
• Eliminate one itinerant high school music position
• Eliminate the driver education position
• Change the high school athletic director to a teaching position
• Reduce the county-wide athletic director to a 185-day contract
• Eliminate one school psychologist from the central office
• Reduce school secretaries to a 7-hour per day contract
• Reduce the maintenance apprentice to a 220-day contract
• Eliminate head custodian pay district-wide
• Eliminate department head extra pay
• Reduce assistant superintendent from 55 to 47 extended days
• Reduce custodian base pay to a 181-day contract
Read more: The Harlan Daily Enterprise - County board cuts 1 8 million
Legion wrote:Angry Whiteguy wrote:I could put Harlan county schools back in the black in one move... Eliminate Central Office...
That would put it in the black.
GFunkMoneyDog wrote:This is a second email sent to me as a correction by another person.
1. The attendance specialist is a central office job--not the attendance clerks that are in the school.
2. The lead systems analyst position is not someone who is ready to retire.
3. Some of the instructional assistants ride buses with their students or have extended responsibilities. Those are the ones whose hours were cut. Reducing their days eliminates some of the professional development that they were responsible for--not just hanging out at the school when noone was there.
4. Reducing school secretaries was to 7 hour days actually cuts their pay by over 10%. You can expect secretaries to be there just from 1st bell to last bell. There are things they're needed for before and after school. From what I can tell, these are the ones who took some of the hardest hits from these cuts and can least afford it.
5. The way I understand it, there was a head custodian in each school who helped manage the rest of the custodial class. This cuts 4 contract days from that position.
6. Also, assistant principals were eliminated for schools with less than 550 students.
Board approves trips, new auditor
GFunkMoneyDog wrote:Before the gloom and doom of the budget meeting all school trips were cancelled except for a out of state football game, and a JROTC trip. Now as if it were magic all the trips have been unanimously approved. So either pressure was applied to the board members or it was a budget scare tactic. Based on gophers above post the only article for that date had been edited. It is now a four line article.Board approves trips, new auditor
School board asked to reconsider clerk cuts
The board earlier voted to reduce those positions by one hour per day while other classified positions, such as custodians and aides, were cut four days on the year. Nicely claimed their group’s reduction amounted to a loss of about 25 days per year in both income and retirement credits.
“That’s a big reduction and a big gap there,” she commented.
Superintendent Mike Howard said he understood their position and acknowledged the cuts were “drastic,” but he did not see any better options at this time and could not recommend any changes to the board regarding any of the reductions that have already been taken.
“If we stick to these reductions this year, maybe there will be some breathing room next year,” Howard said.
Board member Wallace Napier, a retired principal, said he believed the local staffing issue “needs to be revisited” because “something doesn’t add up in my book.”
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