School board to consider budget reductions, amendments on Monday

Sunday, March 7, 2010 | 4:33 p.m. CST; updated 4:42 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 7, 2010

COLUMBIA – The Columbia School Board is slated to consider a proposal on Monday which, if approved, would further reduce the Columbia Public Schools' 2011 budget by $415,594.

At its Feb. 8 meeting, the board approved budget reductions totaling $5.2 million. On Monday, the board will recommend further decreases in compensation reorganization, which would result in $5.63 million in budget reductions for fiscal year 2011.

Compensation reorganization is rearranging how programs are run, said Linda Quinley, chief financial officer of Columbia Public Schools and Board of Education treasurer.

For example, she said, instead of having middle school athletics coaches who are paid for after-school practices, teams will have “intramural leaders” who will be compensated differently than coaches.

The board will also vote on several amendments to the 2009-2010 budget, many of which involve increases for the early childhood special education program, Quinley said.

“We have more students and more locations this year, so we have to increase the budget to pay for transportation.” she said. “And because there are more students, we also have to add staff.”

Budget increases for the new Bethel Special Education Building are also up for approval.

Also on the agenda:

  • The Ad Hoc Construction Committee will recommend that the Board approve the hiring of J.E. Dunn as the construction manager for construction of Columbia’s newest high school.
  • The board will recommend approval of a one-year extension of the Superintendent of Schools contract, which would extend the contract through the 2012-2013 school year.
  • Sally Beth Lyon, chief academic officer of the district, will present a 2010-2011 school year calendar for approval.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the district’s Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley St.

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