Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, March 15, 2010

BOE approves $1.7 million budget reduction

Guest blog by Superintendent Rob Amodio

At the March 9, 2010 meeting of the Norwood City School District Board of Education, a plan approved with a 5-0 vote which would reduce the district budget expenditures for the fiscal year 2011/school year 2010-11 by $1,699,999.00. This decision has come forth as we have embarked on the process to stabilize the financial future of the district by combining these budget reductions along with placing a Substitute Levy on the ballot for May 4, 2010. As we have communicated prior, this levy combines two existing Emergency Levies while lowering the taxes paid into the two levies for our community members by $8.00 per $100,000 of property value.

Following is the approved plan, which shows the amount of savings for each position:

Budget Reduction Plan for Fiscal Year 2011

Administration: $6,218
Cost Reductions through Attrition

Educational Aides: $143,773
Reduction from 21 to 11 Aide Positions
Five (5) Hours per Day Maximum Hours

Building Budgets: $66,000
Reduction of All Principal Building Budgets

Cell Phone Contract: $7,400
Switch from Cincinnati Bell to Sprint/Nextel

Copier Contract: $30,000
Savings from New Vendor Contract

Office Support Staff: $30,347
Eliminate One (1) Position

Pace Television Contract: $55,595
Contract Expired/Will Not Renew

Supplemental Contracts: $42,879
We Will Not Fell Twenty-Five (25) Positions

Teachers: $1,234,782
Reduce by Twenty (20) Teaching Positions

Repurpose Allison: $83,005
Relocate Special Education Pre-School Classes to K-6 Buildings

Total Savings: $1,699,999

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Rob Amodio
Norwood City School District