Sunday, June 12, 2011

Boise School Trustees Take Up Budget Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM

When Boise School Board trustees meet Monday night, they'll be presented a proposed spending plan for the 2011-2012 school year totaling $227 million. The spending plan reflects a 3.43 percent drop in state revenues and a 10.78 percent drop in local revenues (primarily tied to declining market values and property taxes).

Among the belt-tightening measures facing trustees is a proposal to add five more furlough days to teachers' calendars, added to the three furlough days that were included in the current school year. District officials told Citydesk that one-time federal funds will soften some of the blow, in effect funding three of the days. So the net result would be a proposal of five furlough days (though at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, teachers will be looking at a total of eight furlough days).

While the proposed budget has no net decrease of teaching positions, it does include the reduction of approximately five administrative or support positions.

Once a budget is set, trustees will need to consider the possibility of putting a supplemental levy before school district voters. That proposal is expected to be on the table during the trustees' July 11 meeting. If approved, a levy election would presumably be scheduled for Aug. 30. It's estimated that the levy could be $15 million-$17 million.

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