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Park City School District budget items approved during the March 20 board meeting:

10 Percent Basic levy: Shift of funds from maintenance and operation to supplies and materials. The Basic levy is now generating $1.4 million annually, which will be compensated after the shift by raising the Capital Outlay levy the same amount.

Increase the Reading Initiative levy to cover the cost of the kindergarten through third-grade programs. About $120,000 would need to be raised through a property tax levy.

Increase Recreation levy by $85,000 to free money currently shifted to recreation from the eminence and operation fund.

All three property tax levies must be approved at a public Truth-in-Taxation hearing.

The purchase four school busses at $118,000 each, paid out of the Capital Outlay budget, which pays for building construction and improvements.

The Elimination of the fifth-grade instrumental program was put on hold. Form a committee to study the options of after, or before-school music programs for third, fourth and Fifth grade students.

Continue existing policy: Return average class sizes to 23 to 1, the district standard ratio, which dropped with the unanticipated loss of students this school year. Projected savings: $770,000.

Request for proposal updating the district fiscal system at an estimated cost of $300,000, and/or outsourcing with payroll. Funding to come from Capital Outlay budget.

Reduce all contract aid positions from 180 days per school year to 178 days.

Reduce the number of hours aids can work per week from 40 to 32, accomplished through attrition

Offer married couples with dual insurance, a stipend of $200 to replace dual coverage.

Support staff and administrators:

Adopt the original list of credit-recovery savings efficiencies for the Learning Center.

Consolidate custodial supplies district wide.

Budget field trips at $9 per student.

Increase ratio of elementary school counselors to 500 to 1, while developing an at-risk formula.

Eliminate districts early-retirement policy beginning with new-hires, and employees with between one and four years of service.


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