CONWAY BOARD OKs POTENTIAL BUDGET REDUCTIONS

by Christian Mower on March 29, 2013

WHEN CONWAY VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS APRIL 9, 2013 THEY CAN VOTE FOR THE SCHOOL BUDGET RECOMMENDED BY THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET COMMITTEE OF ABOUT $33,137,000.

IF THEY REJECT THAT AMOUNT, THE HIGHER DEFAULT BUDGET OF ABOUT $33,634,000 WILL BE IN EFFECT. THE DEFAULT BUDGET IS ABOUT $125,000 MORE THAN THE CONWAY SCHOOL BOARD RECOMMENDED.

IN CASE THE LOWER AMOUNT IS APPROVED, THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS AGREED ON NEARLY $373,000 IN CUTS THAT WILL BE MADE.

SAU 9 SUPT. DR. CARL NELSON SAYS THE BOARD VOTED 4-2 WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO IMPLEMENT THE CUTS, IF NECESSARY.

THE PROPOSED CUTS CALL FOR REDUCING CLASSROOM TIME FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AIDES, A SPEECH LANGUAGE SPECIALIST, A FRENCH TEACHER AT KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL, A STUDENT SUPPORT AIDE AT KENNETT MIDDLE SCHOOL AND LIBRARIANS AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS – AND ELIMINATING PLANS TO BUY SOME NEW EQUIPMENT AND FURNITURE.

NELSON PROPOSED – AND THE BOARD APPROVED – A PLAN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF HOURS FOR MUSIC TEACHING STAFF IN THE THREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. UNDER THE PLAN, MUSIC TEACHERS AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WOULD TEACH BOTH VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC.

ACCESS TO MUSIC PROGRAMS WILL BE REDUCED, BUT NOT ELIMINATED – THE IDEA IS TO MAINTAIN MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.

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