LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls School Board Monday approved $1.2 million in reductions that will affect 11 teachers and another six employees.
Earlier this spring, administrators identified $850,400 of the $1.2 million of reductions to the school board. On Monday, administrators identified more details.
Little Falls Superintendent Curt Tryggestad said all the principals and administrators were involved when making the reductions and the cuts were not done lightly. Tryggestad said administrators tried to stay away from as many reductions as they could that would affect the classrooms.
The district's 2010-11 budget, which was reviewed in January by the school board, shows that the projected revenue in the general fund based on the school's enrollment is $22.69 million and projected expenditures are $23.93 million. The school's general fund unreserved fund balance from the 2008-09 audit was at $2.76 million.
The school board approved about $994,010 in reductions of staff. The board agreed not to renew 8.7 full-time equivalent positions of certified probationary teachers. Teachers whose contracts weren't renewed were Nicholas Abbott, Lisa Duffney, Jessica Henning, Jennifer Lucksinger, Nicholas Neibauer, Jessica Schultz, Olivia Theisen, Lorinda Unger and Joseph Wagner.
Nancy Henderson, director of business services, said Lucksinger has a .5 FTE position and Neibauer has a .2 FTE position.
The board also placed Michelle Brekken on unrequested leave of absence and reduced the physical education position by .2 FTE. The 11 positions will save the district more than $416,163.
The board also eliminated two technology positions and a social skills adviser position, whose contracts end June 30. The three positions will save the district about $185,261. The district also agreed to reduce three FTE positions of its classified staff, such as paraprofessionals, for a savings of $48,174.
The district will save another $344, 413 by not filling positions through attrition and other retirement savings.
Outside of staff reductions, about $150,000 of special education money in the budget reserve will be carried over to the district's general fund. Tryggestad said the special education money was from the 2009 Economic Stimulus Plan. Another $50,000 will be reduced in supplies and about $245,370 would be taken from the district's general fund reserve.
When making the reductions, the district had to factor in an additional $249,012 of expenditures for next school year. The expenditures were needed to fill 3.99 FTE positions that would have to be filled and a tenured teacher, who was on leave, planned to return to the school in the fall.
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