Fox Point — Officials in the Fox Point-Bayside School District are facing a difficult situation as 2011-12 budget planning continues.
Enrollment should remain stable, but income from the state is expected to drop sharply with imminent legislation.
The district is planning to make 29 Open Enrollment seats available to students outside the district for the 2011-12 school year, following action by the board Monday. District Administrator Rachel Boechler said the move should bring in an additional $130,000. Based on preliminary figures, 924 students are expected to attend both district schools in 2011-12; currently, 926 are enrolled.
According to preliminary figures unveiled Monday, plans call for a $561,716 reduction in income from the state, based on proposals from Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-13 state budget. Other factors - including 5-percent increases in health and dental insurance coverage and salary and benefit increases for returning staff - bring the projected shortfall to $754,014.
Boechler said staff reductions would be necessary to shore up the deficit. A preliminary proposal includes cutting teaching staff at a 5.4 full-time equivalency and aides at a 4.5 FTE.
If implemented, the reductions would trim a projected $597,060 from the budget, leaving an additional $156,954 outstanding. Other reductions on the table include outright cuts to the budgets at Stormonth Elementary and Bayside Middle schools, deferring maintenance and delaying retirement payments.
Walker's budget repair bill includes a provision most public employees contribute 12.6 percent toward health insurance premiums and 5.8 percent into the Wisconsin Retirement System plan.
But the district's teachers and custodial unions already have agreements in place for the 2011-12 school year, meaning terms of the bill might not be implemented.
Further updates and board action are anticipated in the months ahead.
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