2010-11 budget savings

When school officials began planning for 2010-11, they were projecting a $75.9 million budget with a tax levy increase of nearly 7.5%. By the time they had finished, the proposed budget was $74.0 million, with a tax levy increase of 1.89%.

District officials continued many of the cuts made to recurring costs in the current budget and made some new cuts. Here is a list of cumulative cost savings and reductions:

$810,000 in debt service. The district has paid off several loans.

$482,000 in health insurance. Employees are paying more for drug co-pays.

$310,000 in instructional salaries. The equivalent of 3.3 teaching positions were cut by reducing hours of some employees and recent retirements allowed for replacements at lower salaries and benefits.

$236,000 in BOCES services. One dedicated position was eliminated and contracts were scaled back.

$233,000 in teachers retirement system expenses. The district prepared for expected commitments in prior years’ budgets.

$189,569 in non-instructional salaries. Transportation routes were consolidated and aide hours were reduced.

$171,802 in contracts. This year’s 10% cut from 2008-09 levels will continue.

$118,000 in equipment.

$110,000 in utilities. Rates are stable and energy use is down due to efficiency projects.

$97,827 in supplies. This year’s 10% cut from 2008-09 levels will continue.

$92,411 in athletics. This year’s reduction in the number of contests will continue.

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