Public hearing on school district budget scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday
Hearing follows school board's acceptance of a preliminary budget last month
Craig — A Board of Education Public Hearing on 2016-2017 Moffat County School District Budget is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building.
Last month, the board accepted a preliminary budget presented by Morris Ververs, acting as interim superintendent.
The board agreed to a recommendation by Ververs for a general fund budget of $19,807,367 in the coming school year. The recommendation, according to the interim superintendent’s report, continues the employment of instructional coaches, full-day kindergarten, current class size range — along with a number of other factors.
“We ended up having a deficit budget of $216,000,” Ververs told the Craig Daily Press after the meeting. “I have some discomfort with that, because if we have a deficit budget every year we’re eventually going to feel the pain from that. But I feel like within this particular circumstance, going to a full balanced budget would have meant a lot more cuts in personnel and a lot more negative impact on the education of kids.”
Among the proposed cuts was the elimination of six full-time equivalencies among classified staff positions. The proposed budget also retained the positions of six instructional coaches.
“The instructional coaches were put in a couple of years ago to … make sure that every kid in every class is really getting an aligned curriculum — aligned with the state standards and aligned with everything that’s happening the grade before and after,” Ververs told the Craig Daily Press.
A work session is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 6:30 p.m. with action items that include the approval of the new superintendent’s contract, the adoption of the 2016-2017 budget and action on the Moffat County Education Association Negotiated Agreement.
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