The school district of South Milwaukee has released their proposed 2011-2012 budget, and it’s not pretty. Based on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed cuts to state aid to local school districts, as well as a reduction in the per-student revenue cap, the South Milwaukee School District will lose just over $1.8 million in state funding; however due to projected teacher and staff retirements the district’s structural budget deficit would shrink to “just” $1.4 million.
Here’s some highlights of the cuts being proposed by the South Milwaukee school board:
- Close the district’s pool, saving $150,000
- Eliminate 1.5 Music Positions at the Middle/High School, saving $129,000
- Eliminate 1.0 Instrumental Music Position, saving $120,000. This would completely eliminate the 5th grade through 12th grade orchestra program.
- Eliminate 1.0 High School Technology Education Position, saving $115,000
- Eliminate 1.0 High School Business Education Position, saving $103,000
- Eliminate 1.0 Elementary Teacher Position, saving $72,500
- Eliminate .50 Technology Integration Position, saving $30,000
- Eliminate High School Attendance Secretary Position, saving $34,000
- Eliminate Part-Time Instructional Secretary Position, saving $19,000
- Reduce Police Liaison Services, saving $25,000. This would result in the elimination of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program.
- Increases athletic fees by $25 per sport, raising the fee to $100 per student, per sport.
Curiously, I couldn’t find any cuts to administrative staff or their salaries, but given the South Milwaukee school board’s past propensity for making cuts from the bottom up (rather than from the top down), I shouldn’t be surprised that once again teachers are squarely in the school board’s crosshairs.
South Milwaukee alderman Erik Brooks has his own take on this.