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April 1, 2010

Cuts likely at CV-S



Cherry Valley-Springfield Superintendent Robert Miller says he has been losing sleep during his time preparing for the 2010-11 school budget.

Miller says he could not have stepped into the role of Superintendent at a worse time. He says he is not just planning for next year, but is trying to look down the road toward the following year as well.

``There is a really scary forecast,’’ he says.

According to a presentation Miller made at the district’s last board of education meeting, the total proposed budget is $11,681,346. Miller said district residents can expect to see a 2.9 percent increase in the tax levy for the 2010-11 school year. This is equivalent to an approximately $29 increase for a taxpayer who owns a house worth $100,000.

Miller says the district is anticipating the retirement of four teachers and one licensed teacher assistant. He says there is a plan to make reductions in staff. Miller’s proposal, shows a reduction in speech by .2, music by .4, guidance by .9, library by .3, an assistant principal by .5, home economics by .5, a business official by .5, an elimination of a physical education teacher and licensed teacher assistant, and two aids. The proposal also unveiled a reduction of a bus route.

Miller says the district has 57 licensed teacher assistants and hopes to have that number down to 52 in a few years.

Cutting is not a fun task, says Miller, However, he says when the district is getting smaller and the aid is being cut there is no choice but to make some changes and adjustments.

Miller says his goal is to plan, reflect, adjust, innovate, economize and improve. He says it’s time to think outside the box and be creative.

Shared services are a part of Miller’s proposal. Miller says CV-S can share a distance learning business program with its neighboring school district Sharon Springs in order to replace the current BOCES program being used.

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