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Centralia School district discusses budget priorities, potential cuts

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

The Centralia R-VI Board of Education discussed some choices during their August 11 board meeting.

What many would call the primary topic of discussion was a presentation by R-VI Superintendent Darin Ford.

During the previous month’s regular meeting, the board had asked him to assemble a list of potential cuts to the district’s 2017-18 budget.

The list Ford presented contained a total of $119,280 worth of proposed spending cuts

According to the list, four items, $21,000 -worth are already done.

Those were:

• FV4 – $10,000, which is money budgeted to meet the district’s part of a state of Missouri, vocational enhancement grant, which involves the district matching funds  for technology and vocational expenditures. The district did not participate in that grant program, this year.

• Middle School librarian – $10,000. This saving, Ford said, comes from CBMS Librarian Amanda Erisman voluntarily reducing her work-load to four days a week.

• Paying administrators’ Missouri State Teachers Association dues – $1,000

Of the 19 initial items listed, there were nine he said he could live with if the board directed he make them.

Besides the four already made, those include, for a total of $19,000:

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