Bainbridge school board approves framework for budget cuts

The Bainbridge Island School District board of directors has approved the framework for budget cuts.

At a recent meeting, school board members voted unanimously to approve the framework of budget cuts which will total more than $2.1 million.

The approved recommendations by the District Budget Advisory Committee will trim $562,444 from the budget by:

Eliminating an annual all-staff breakfast;

Reducing bus washing time;

Consolidating two bus routes;

Reducing office staff;

Reducing one mechanic position;

Reducing health room staff;

Eliminating an athletic director position;

Eliminating two custodial positions;

Reducing instructional coach positions.

Two recommended revenue increases were also approved which will incorporate a charge for students who wish to take a seventh period class, and one which will also increase the cost of parking passes by $10.

Other staffing reductions were approved by the board which will amount to more than $1.5 million. These reductions were recommended to accurately reflect current student enrollment. Staffing to enrollment reductions will be made to:

Certificated classroom staff – $965,300;

Special education staff – $210,000;

ESA certificated specialists – $192,000;

Half of a building administrator position – $80,000;

Half of a central administrator (CTE) position – $80,000; and

Transportation – $27,186.

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