Teacher cutbacks avoided

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

With some cuts, shifting of funds and modifications, the Franklin County Board of Education approved a tentative budget for the 2003-2004 school year.

Board chairman Doug Crowe said he was pleased to note no cuts in teaching positions will be incurred because of budget cuts.

"We've had to make some cuts as we've said all along to pay for raises and the increased cost of insurance," Superintendent Monte Chance told board members at Monday night's meeting. "There are no cuts in teaching positions through the allocation process. There have been some additions and subtractions made because of shifting student populations."

Funds for custodial services will be cut by 10 percent or $113,343 under the tentative budget. Smaller cuts such as a $30,000 cut in the athletic uniform allowance and delaying $139,266 in funds for textbooks helped the district find money to offset other expenses such as a $197,000 increase in insurance premiums and a $124,000 increased cost for workers compensation.

Board member William Cofield asked Chance if there was any way to keep from making such a large cut in custodial services.

"I'm not really proud of making a 10 percent cut in custodial allocations but it's something I felt like we needed to do," Chance explained. "We're doing the best we can to keep from cutting in the classroom."

Chance said the cuts and modifications he presented helped save about $700,000 so classroom teachers would not have to be impacted.

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