“If you want to go to 1.9 (percent) we can, but that $40,000 (in carryover) will be lost forever,” Miller said. “I can figure out how to get through this year and next year probably, but this is not about the next two years. It is about five years from now. It is about where will we be if we give up too much revenue … We will not get another shot at getting that revenue back.”
Webster said he still believes programming needs to be looked at, especially with the continuous trend of declining enrollment at the district. He said he anticipates that economic hardships are only going to get much worse before they get better.
“I realize we need to create programs for the future, but it seems like we are going over and above,” he said.
The proposed budget included the anticipation of adding a second section of pre-K. Miller said he is projecting 22 to 32 district students for the program and suggested opening it up to out-of-district students for a $5,000 tuition fee. He estimates that the pre-K could get anywhere between six and 10 out-of-district students, based on interest received in the past.
The board does not have to commit to anything until May, according to Miller. He said CV-S can hire a teacher under the condition that it might not happen. There will be time to look at the numbers and have more discussion about it, he added.
Miller said he has made cuts. For example, he said the district has gone from 53 teachers to 44 in the last four years.
Items under consideration, according to Miller’s presentation include whether to replace a special education position (a $70,000 cost), adding a technology position (a $45,000 expense), adding the second section of pre-K (which shows a $40,000 cost but also $40,000 in expected revenues), adding one teacher assistant position (a $35,000 cost) and adding one teacher aid position (a $25,000) cost.