Columbia Public Schools' 2009-2010 budget reflects deep cuts

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | 6:52 p.m. CDT; updated 10:52 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 18, 2009

COLUMBIA — The following is a brief summary of the 132-page draft of the 2009-2010 budget for Columbia Public Schools and its introduction. The budget can be viewed in its entirety at

The Columbia School Board is likely to vote on the budget Thursday evening. Before that, starting at 6 p.m., the public is invited to comment on the budget. The meeting is in the district administration building, 1818 W. Worley St.

Total anticipated revenue: $196,127,470

Total budgeted expenditures: $201,383,498

Total anticipated revenue for the operating budget, which covers such things as salaries and running schools: $157,938,265

Total budgeted expenditures for the operating budget: $157,930,597

**This is the first balanced operating budget since 2001-2002.

Total budget cuts: $4,404,519

Total positions cut: 71.05 full-time equivalents. A full-time employee receives an FTE value of one, while an 0.50 FTE value indicates the person only works half-time. When translated, this means the equivalent of 71.05 total positions are eliminated by the 2009-10 budget. 

Some of the eliminated positions include:

  • One assistant superintendent — saves $153,900
  • 1.5 English Language Learners teachers — saves $90,750
  • Two elementary physical education teachers — saves $121,000
  • 1.5 special education district support staff — saves $110,750
  • 1.5 counselors (1 elementary and .5 secondary) — saves $90,750
  • All 33 literacy and math coaches at both the elementary and secondary levels — saves $1,603,250

Doctoral stipends eliminated: Thirty-eight district employees with doctoral degrees will lose a $2,000 stipend that had been added in the 2007-08 budget — saves $83,790.

District funds for Title I preschool program cut: saves $80,000

Elementary and middle school field trip budgets completely cut: saves $22,161

Stipends for sponsoring teachers halved: Stipends budgeted for teacher sponsorship of student clubs and activities will be reduced by 50 percent — saves $59,889.

Ten percent of elementary schools’ supplies cut: includes office items, paper, etc. — saves $23,655

Five percent cut in the elementary supervision budget: includes supervising for lunch, the playground and before/after school — saves $19,249

High schools and Career Center student support reductions: 3.5 outreach and student support FTE positions eliminated — saves $200,430

Added to the 2009-10 budget

Operation of salary schedules: The proposed budget includes the operation of the hourly support staff salary schedules, but not the operation of the teacher salary schedule. 

One time stipend for all salaried personnel: A 1 percent stipend will be distributed in December to all salaried personnel for two additional days of work.

Budgeted FTE increases: An increase of one FTE means the finances for an additional full-time worker were added onto the 2009-2010 budget.    

     Some of the new positions include the following:

  • 5.75 budgeted increases in teacher FTE positions were added due to expected kindergarten and secondary course enrollments.
  • Two budgeted increases in staff FTE positions were added to support business services and human resources for the upcoming software conversion.
  • One budgeted increase was added for a full-time asbestos/indoor air quality staff person.
  • .75 FTE budgeted increase was added for orchestra enrollment.

Increased textbook budgets: New math curriculum will be purchased for elementary, middle, junior high and high schools

Five mobile classrooms for elementary: cost $60,000

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