The Press Newspaper
Spending cuts totaling about $192,000 have been approved by the Woodmore school board as it prepares for placing an emergency operating levy on the August ballot.
Superintendent Jane Garling said the cuts will remain in place even if voters don’t approve the ballot issue.
Last week, the board approved not replacing a teacher retiring at the elementary school and eliminating two teaching positions at the school. The elementary guidance counselor position is being reduced from 185 days to 120.
A high school department chair position is being eliminated and the high school art program is being reduced to seven periods a day from eight.
The elementary school art program is being reduced to four days a week from five and the elementary computer aide and library aide positions are being reduced to four days from five.
The special education testing position is also being cut.
The cuts also will hit band lessons and some wages.
Other cuts are also being planned, Garling said, including not replacing a retiring high school teacher.
The board has decided a 4.9-mill operating levy that expires at the end of the year won’t be placed back on the ballot.
“Our job will be to get out to the community and explain they have 4.9 mills going off,” Garling said.
An emergency levy functions as an operating levy proposed for a specific dollar amount. Because the dollar amount of taxes charged by the levy must stay constant, the millage rate increases or decreases as property values change.
A bond issue to pay the local share of construction costs will likely be on the November ballot, Garling said.
If voters approve the issue, a new elementary/middle school building would be constructed to replace Woodmore Elementary School in Woodville and a wing of the high school in Elmore which houses grades seven and eight.