UTICA — The North Fork school board on Monday took steps to offset a deficit which is projected to reach $657,000 by June 30, 2014, if a levy issue does not pass.
Cost reduction measures amounting to about $770,000 approved after an extended executive session include:
•Reduction of aides at the high school, except for library, study hall and one-on-one aides, resulting $55,630 in savings.
•Reduction of junior high aides, except one-on-ones required by special education regulations, $90,218 in savings.
•Reduction of elementary aides, except library and one-on-ones, $109,340.
•Elimination of high school busing and going to single routing for junior high and elementary, $48,000.
•Elimination of resource officer, $32,000.
•Eliminating records clerk position, $67,000.
•Elimination of the position of food service supervisor, $40,250.
•Reduction of transportation supervisor, $38,105.
•Cut classified substitute hours at least in half, $51,000.
•Eliminate an assistant principal position, $67,000.
Eliminating extracurricular activities completely would save $175,000, but the board is looking into that in more depth before making any decisions. Board member Ben Bandy said the board is looking into doing a cost analysis for each individual activity to determine the true cost and to decide how much a pay-to-participate fee for each activity would be to make it self-supporting. The board will also review the continued need for one-on-one aides, but that number is driven by students’ individualized education plan.
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