School Board Discusses Cutting Costs Again

December 16, 1991|By Dianne Williams Hayes | Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer

Discussion of financial uncertainty in the school system is routinely a part of the school board agenda, and tonight should prove no exception.

The board was scheduled to discuss unfinished business about when employee furlough days should be taken -- even before Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced the possibility of further state budget cuts last week.

Already, schools will be closed for two weeks over the Christmas holidays to save energy costs, reopening Jan. 6. The school system's 12-month employees have been asked to take two unpaid vacation days, in addition to the four-day furlough required of everyone.

Teachers and other unionized employees want the furlough days scheduled for late in the school year, to allow county or state government enough time to declare them unnecessary.

"The issue here is: What do the negotiating groups want to do?" school Budget Officer Jack White said."Do you want to pay for furloughs early on or later?

"These are the decisions the board is faced with making tonight. Do we go ahead with the reductions in pay or wait until April to see what the legislators will do?"

School board members also are scheduled to approve the 1991-1992 school calendar. And a committee of citizens and schoolsystem staffers will issue its annual report on the countywide guidance program and make recommendations to the board.

The board also will review the Broadneck High School expansion project. Parents and students from the Broadneck Peninsula have attended previous meetingsto ask board members to move quickly on renovations to the school.

Presently, the high school is large enough to accommodate students in grades 10 through 12 only. Parents are asking that ninth-graders be moved into the school.

Board members will review a request that the county release money for the project.

Broadneck is one of the smallest high schools in the county. Ninth-graders attend nearby Severn River Junior -- one of the state's few remaining junior highs.

Money for North County High, another county project to create a larger high school, was released recently.

Other agenda items include highlights of the county art program, plus reviews of school policies for supervision of students, military leave for employees and encouraging parental involvement in schools.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

AGENDA:Cost containment and related 1992 budget issues.

WHEN: Tonight at7:30

WHERE: Board of Education Headquarters, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis.

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