Principals will decide on some cuts Furloughs not part of budget

December 10, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Under a $2.47 million budget-cutting proposal, Carroll schoo principals will be responsible for coming up with more than a quarter of the savings.

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling and Assistant Superintendent William Hyde presented their plan to the Board of Education at its meeting yesterday.

The plan does not include any furloughs or salary reductions, but it does reduce money set aside for training teachers, paying for substitutes while the teachers are in training, and paying faculty to work summers writing the curriculum.

The board will get more information on the reductions and vote on them them next month.

In the proposal to lop $2.47 million from the school system's $113.6 million budget, $670,000 comes from individual school budgets for nonsalary items such as equipment, books and other materials.

Mr. Shilling said principals wanted discretion to cut their respective school budgets, based on the needs of each building.

Since last summer, principals and other supervisors responsible for spending nonsalary money have been under orders to use no

more than half of the money allotted their school or department until further notice.

Mr. Hyde said that with the current proposal, principals will retain about 81 percent of their original budgets.

"Everything we are doing focuses on trying to keep resources as close to the child as we can," Mr. Shilling said.

Late last month, the General Assembly voted to stop paying the portion of employer Social Security costs it traditionally had covered for teachers, librarians and community college professors.

That saved the state $147 million, but it cost Carroll County a total of $4.7 million.

Last week, the county commissioners announced that the schools would lose $2.47 million, equal to 53 percent of the $4.7 million in lost state money. The school budget makes up 53 percent of the county budget.

In response, the schools have frozen several positions originally written into the budget.

About five teacher positions weren't filled because the school system got about a hundred fewer new students than anticipated, Mr. Hyde said. Other positions were vacant and were not filled.

For example, when David Miller resigned as supervisor of vocational and technology education this year, his duties were absorbed by two other supervisors.

Other savings came from the health insurance money budgeted for the positions that aren't filled, funds for recruiting new teachers and other administrative areas, Mr. Hyde said.

Of transportation money, $250,000 was saved by more efficient routing, Mr. Hyde said.

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