MANATEE — School board members faced the harsh news Monday — 53 staff job cuts, 10-day furloughs for some employees and transforming full-timers to independent contractors.
That was Superintendent Tim McGonegal’s recommendations for budget cuts for the 2011-2012 school year.
McGonegal presented two budget plans to the board — one plan cuts $12.10 million and the other eliminates $16.91 million out of the operational budget. Each plan brings the school district down to its lowest per student funding since the 2002-2003 school year. Legislation has reduced per student funding by $542.03 or 7.96 percent. Board members are not expected to vote on McGonegal’s recommendations until June 13.
“I’ve been in public education for 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” McGonegal told board members.
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The $12.10 million plan calls for a district reorganization that would save $1.5 million by eliminating positions such as a school psychologist, social worker, secretaries, a construction services team, nine maintenance jobs and all elementary school resource officers. That plan also calls for some positions such as those in the maintenance department to be outsourced. Each principal in the district will be required to cut a certain amount from their respective budgets. Elementary schools will have to cut $30,000, middle schools will have to eliminate $42,000 and high schools will have to cut $88,000.