COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public School District's 2011-12 budget could include personnel cuts and the loss of boys and girls swimming at the high school level.
Superintendent Chris Belcher's proposed a set of budget reductions to the School Board's finance committee Monday. The board will meet next Monday to hear them.
The district is looking to save $2.08 million to meet anticipated revenue projections.
Belcher listed 20 personnel cuts that could result in more than $1.2 million in savings. He said much of the savings could be through job consolidation and not filling open positions.
He also talked about eliminating two school resource officers, but not at the high schools.
Eliminating boys and girls swimming at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools would save about $47,000, according to Belcher's proposal. Belcher said he specifically looked for activities with an unusually high cost per student.
"Nobody wants to cut swimming; everybody loves swimming," he said.
He pointed out that only 42 students out of 17,200 were involved in swimming programs, at a cost of about $1,200 per student.
"Well that stands out as something we have to look at," Belcher said. "We can't ignore it."