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Two meetings set to discuss Re-1 budget this week

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Proposed cuts to the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 budget, and discussion of a possible mill levy override, are on the agenda for two school board meetings this week.

The school board has scheduled a special work session at 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the proposed 2011-12 budget. The board will also discuss whether to refer a mill levy question to Re-1 voters in November. A public comment period has been included on the work session agenda for 4 p.m.

In addition, the board will be discussing the planned fall 2011 implementation of the Moving On student placement model from 2:30-3:30 p.m. during the Tuesday meeting.

The Re-1 board will then continue its discussion of next year’s budget and recommendations for $3.5 million in proposed cuts during its regular Wednesday meeting. That discussion is scheduled to take place from 4:30-8 p.m. at the District Office in Glenwood Springs.

The budget discussions are to be webcast live for Carbondale and Basalt residents to listen in and offer comments, at Carbondale Middle and Basalt Elementary schools.

Final budget recommendations are to be considered at the April 20 school board meeting.

Re-1 continues to look at a plan to trim $3.5 million from next year’s budget, including eliminating up to 30 teaching positions, 14 building custodians, several district-level staff support positions, and 41 part-time middle and high school athletic coaches.

The actual cuts for next year might be softened some in the latest state budget compromise reached last week, in which the proposed reduction in K-12 education funding went from $332 million to $250 million.

However, “we are still facing a $250 million reduction that we know will force painful choices in districts all across the state,” according to Re-1 Superintendent Judy Haptonstall’s Community Update that went out Monday. “We’ve been warned by legislators that next year’s cuts could be even worse.”

Besides spending cuts, other options for Re-1 include using some of the district’s $4 million in available reserve funds to offset the loss in state funding for next year. However, that would likely be coupled with a mill levy override question on the November ballot which, if approved by voters, would cover the budget shortfall in future years.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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