December 31, 2009
In a unanimous vote, teachers of USD 423, Moundridge, elect to take a reduction in pay. Teachers, administrators, and salaried classified employees agreed to have their salaries reduced by 2.65% in order to maintain the integrity of the educational program that's currently in place.
In a news release, the district's superintendent said the cuts are necessary after the Governor's pre-Thanksgiving reduction which equates to approximately $150,000 for the USD 423 budget.
The alternative to the reduction in salary would have meant layoffs of classified instructional staff.
The agreement between the teachers and the school board will also result in a reduction of the school year by eight days. Teachers and staff will also be released for three days during the spring originally scheduled as inservice and work days. The reduction of school days will save money by reducing classified staffing, food service, transportation, and utilities.
Other cuts and savings throughout the year include a reduction of budget lines, transfer of expenditures to the capital outlay fund, attrition, and a reduction of professional development. The school district is also considering eliminating driver's education and will evaluate options for summer school.
The superintendent and school board have already begun evaluating reduction possibilities for next year in anticipation of further cuts from the state. The reduction in salary voted on by the teachers will help tremendously in not only saving jobs and programs this year but also has the potential to reduce the number of cuts next year.