Budget recommendations finalized
The Park City School District Superintendent Ray Timothy prepared to address the school board, on Tuesday after press time, with his final recommendations to tightening the school budget by $5 million by next school year.
In an interview with The Park Record, Timothy said he was able to revise his original recommendations from feedback received from staff members, administration and the community, adding that by cutting into other areas, such as making deeper cuts at the district office, he was able to make recommendations to retain more teachers in specific job areas.
Timothy said he was able to reach the $5 million in recommended cuts. The process started in February when the school board asked Timothy to comb through the budget.
Additional topics scheduled to be discussed, include approving the capitol outlay budget. Projects proposed throughout the school district for the 2013-2014 school year are mostly in renovations and upgrades and equal close to $2.8 million. Timothy said the school board plans to prioritize the projects before approving the budget.
"We’re going to talk specifically of those things that are of the utmost urgency in order to get those things done by the time next school year starts," he said.
Timothy said the board will also discuss a list of fees that the school board has to approve before any price changes can occur. A list of areas suggesting fee increases include driver’s education classes, food nutrition classes along with woodworking and furniture design courses.
A copy of the proposed fee schedule can be found by visiting the school district’s website at http://www.pcschools.us .
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