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The Oldham County Board of Education is standing behind the school district in its request to eliminate $3 million and more than 50 jobs from next year’s budget.
Under the proposed 2013-14 budget, the district would start its fiscal year July 1 with less money and fewer employees.
Most jobs will come out of the classrooms and the transportation department.
The district will fund at least 14 fewer teachers in 2013-14.
With federal sequestration taking an additional bite out of special-education funds, the total number of teaching positions lost could be closer to 30.
Transportation will lose 25 positions. That will mean fewer bus routes and longer bus rides for students.
The budget also includes a furlough day July 5 for all year-round and extended-day emloyees and pay reductions for more than 200 workers.
Wells will also ask the school board for a tax-rate increase at an upcoming meeting.
During public comment at the school board meeting Monday, Pam Isaac, of Crestwood, said she opposes a tax hike and urged the board to consider all alternatives before raising taxes.
Wells said if the district gets the maximum tax-rate increase allowed by the state, homeowners would pay $44 more per year for every $100,000 of a property’s value.
“It’s not as exorbitant as what it sounds,” Well said.
The superintendent said the district tried not to cut instructional programs from next year’s budget.
But if a school tax increase is not approved, those programs could be the next to go, Wells said.
“There’s no place else left for us to cut,” he said. “We’re going to have to generate some revenue in order for us to be able to serve the children.”
At the meeting Monday, school board members lauded OC Schools’ Superintendent Will Wells for making the “difficult decisions” in making cuts to the 2013-14 budget.
“This has been a difficult ongoing discussion that board members have had with the superintendent,” board chair Joyce Fletcher said.
Board member Larry Dodson said Wells and his staff put a lot of thought into the budget reductions.
“I think they’ve done a great job,” he said.
The school board is expected to approve the 2013-14 budget at its May 27 meeting.
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