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LISD trustees discuss 2nd tier of budget cuts
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Trustees for Livingston I.S.D. are working against a March 21 deadline to begin announcing program changes for the 2011-2012 school year in order to offset expected revenue shortfalls. Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers and board members met Monday to discuss the second tier of a three-phase budget reduction plan. Voting on the budget cuts is planned for the March 28 meeting. Tier I details $2.118 million in general management reductions, transportation changes and reduction of stipends paid to staff for athletics and other extracurricular activities. Tier I eliminates team tennis, cross country, golf, and sophomore and freshman baseball as well as restricting seventh grade sports to intramural competition. It also reduces salaries for the athletic director/head coach and high school principals to the state average for an expected savings of about $11,000. Suggested Tier I cuts also eliminate a counselor position that is currently open, all atrisk counseling positions and combines consumer and family science with culinary arts and Ready-Set-Teach and cuts 10 teacher/coach positions. Local leave days are also cut from five to two days. Another $1.043 million in cuts suggested for Tier II reductions include reducing administrator contracts by 10 days and eliminating the Challenger Academy, two maintenance positions, three junior high teachers, four junior high paraprofessionals and eliminating extracurricular meal funding and field trips. Tier II plans also call for eliminating four certified librarians and replacing them with aides and maintaining one district librarian. A statement from Myers on budget plans appears on Page 4A. See Sunday’s edition for additional details on LISD’s budget plans.