APS – Special Board Meeting Today at 3PM to Approve FY14 Budget

Today at 3 pm at the central office, the Board will meet with the intent of approving the FY14 Budget. There are still a series of questions and issues that were raised in the Budget Commission meeting this past Tuesday that need to be resolved as part of completing the process. The key ones are as follows:

  1. Consideration of the Superintendent’s recommendation for an additional $1.3 million in cuts to the Salary line item.
  2. A review of additional real estate that might be sold (although if done, it will likely be in Executive Session).
  3. A review of the $250 thousand in cuts in C&I – as the positions currently exist, this will likely be done in Executive Session.
  4. Approval of the class size waiver at +5 with a commitment by the administration to plan for no more than average class sizes of 24 at the Elementary Schools and 30 at the Middle and High Schools.

It is interesting to note that in the Budget Commission meeting, the question was asked “What happens if a budget is not passed on the 27th?” Mr. Burbridge answered that the process would then require a Continuing Resolution to keep the system funded until such time as a final budget was passed. Given the issues that are still on the table, this may happen today.

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