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School board will study 2012-13 educational program Thursday | Meeting reminder

April 17th, 2012 at Tue, 17th, 2012 at 2:42 pm by Kipp Robertson

The North Kitsap School Board is holding a “study session” April 9 from 5-7 p.m. to discuss the proposed education program for the 2012-2013 school year.

The proposed program, which was originally on the list of action items during the April 12 board meeting, includes the recommended authority to cut 15 full-time equivalent certificated instructional staff. That staff includes teachers, specialists and support staff.

However, with a current “usable” attrition level of 11 FTE certificated staff for next school year due to retirement, resignation or leave of absence, the district needs to only cut four (4) FTE to meet the 15 FTE reduction.

It should be noted  the educational program was proposed prior to the board holding off the decision to close a school for the 2012-13 school year. In the proposed program it states: “In order to achieve maximum potential savings in the event of the closure of an elementary school, the authorization to reduce certificated staff will include up to, but no more than, 4.00 FTE of Elementary Specialist staffing.”

The proposed cuts would increase class sizes by on student per classroom, per school, according to the document.

Cutting 15 FTE from certificated staff would bring the total number in the district from 370.98 to 355.78 (eliminating exactly 15.20).

The school district is looking at an estimated $1.3 million that needs to be cut from the 2012-13 budget. The shortfall estimate dramatically reduced from original estimates in February ($2.5 million).

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