If you go
What: South Routt School Board meeting
When: Executive session at 6:30 tonight; regular session at 7
Where: District administrative offices, 305 S. Grant St. in Oak Creek
The preliminary 2010-11 budget is available at www.southroutt.k12.co.us.
Steamboat Springs The South Routt School Board tonight is scheduled to consider approving contracts of probationary and nonprobationary teachers, the district’s principals and Superintendent Scott Mader for the 2010-11 school year.
With the exception of a part-time probationary teacher at the high school, who Mader will recommend not be renewed next school year for budgetary reasons, every other licensed teacher who isn’t resigning or retiring is slated to have his or her contract renewed, he said.
He said the School Board next month would consider renewing classified staff members, such as custodians, secretaries and para-professionals.
Only South Routt Elementary Principal Michael Young and his wife, Kim, have submitted resignations. And only Soroco High School vocational agriculture teacher Byron Dean, who has been with the district for 30 years, plans to retire.
Business Manager Dina Murray said unless the Youngs rescind their resignations, which they did earlier this month, the School Board tonight will consider accepting their requests to leave the district.
Several elementary school parents, teachers and staff members spoke in support of Young at the Jan. 19 School Board meeting. They cited “philosophical differences” between Michael Young and Mader that surfaced earlier in the school year and their concerns about those issues having negative effects on the teachers who educate their children.
They implored the School Board to retain Young, who told his staff that week that he would be looking for a new job, and fire Mader. At the time, School Board President Tim Corrigan said the allegations against Mader were “without basis.” Board members had previously met with Young in an executive session and with concerned parents at an earlier meeting.
Young declined to comment Wednesday about why he and his wife decided to resign. Mader also declined to comment. Young and Mader have declined to comment several times about their working relationship.
Also at tonight’s School Board meeting:
■ Board members will be presented a preliminary 2010-11 budget that includes more than $472,000 in cuts from this year. The projected cuts are based on an estimated 7.75 percent reduction in funding from the state and increased costs for employee health insurance and retirement benefits.
“This is just really the first draft that we put on paper for people to see line items, expenditures and revenues,” Murray said. “A lot could change over the next three months.”
The 2010-11 fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1, and the board isn’t required to approve the preliminary budget until June. The final budget isn’t required to be approved until Jan. 31, 2011.
Murray said the preliminary budget doesn’t include a mill levy override to generate an estimated $350,000. She said the revenue wouldn’t be included in a budget because it isn’t guaranteed.
If the School Board decides to ask voters for an override in November, it has until August to tell the Routt County Clerk’s Office, Murray said. If it were approved, she said, the district’s budget could be amended to include the revenue.
Mader said in an exit survey of teachers, staff, parents and community members from a March 4 budget workshop, 29 participants supported a mill levy override and nine opposed it.
■ Board members will discuss declaring a state of “fiscal exigency,” which means declining revenues or increased costs could prevent the district from meeting its budget. It’s the first step for the district to enact its “Reduction in Force,” or layoff, policy for licensed staff.
The board began discussing fiscal exigency last month but took no action. Members asked Mader for additional information.
“It’s very much up for discussion,” he said, but added, “it may not happen.”
■ Board members also will discuss the 2010-11 school year calendar.
■ Board members are scheduled to enter executive session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Mader’s end-of-year review and positions that may be subject to negotiation. The regular session of the meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m.
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