continued Potential cuts to get under the tax cap would involve closing the pool, (a savings of $167,000), cutting seven teaching positions at the elementary level, (an estimated savings of $500,000) and moving the theater program to a club model for a savings of $135,000. Dragone said he does not agree with any of the proposed cuts.
“The key is in balancing resources. We’ve dedicated the last several years to get to this point. … Every year it’s an increasingly difficult process. We reduced 50 positions over the last three years. We’re fortunate at this point,” said Dragone.
Payments from GlobalFoundries won’t last, so to prepare for financial challenges in the future, the district is examining blended learning models and credit recovery to brace for the change.
“The amount will be less in the following years. … Overall, the budget will go up,” said Williams.
The district is witnessing an increase in enrollment that is expected to grow over the next five years, but that will not impact the proposed budget. This is in part because the district will rebalance math, English, science and social studies sections in the middle school and make an administrative realignment to support new evaluation requirements and common core implementation.
There will be a Board of Education meeting regarding the budget on Wednesday, April 18. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are scheduled for 7p.m. in the High School Library at 220 Ballston Avenue.
Other school board budget meetings are as follows:
May 1, 6:30 p.m., Malta Community Center: Budget Presentation
May 2, 6:30 p.m., HS Library: Public Hearing
May 7, 6 p.m., Milton Community Center: Budget Presentation
May 8, 6:30 p.m., Malta Ave. Library: Malta Ave. PTA
May 9. 6 p.m., Ballston Town Hall: Budget Presentation