Balancing acts

How the Port Angeles School District plans to pare expenses to balance the 2002-2003 budget:

* $726,000: Adjustments in certificated instructional staff to state staffing formula for basic education.

* $290,000: Reduce classified positions throughout the district.

* $90,000: Make administrative reductions in school administration staff, per staffing formula.

* $160,000: Net savings estimate for 2002-03 special education by shaving a couple positions and putting some people in regular education classes.

* $71,000: Reduce teacher workdays from 3 to 2 to reflect state funding.

* $50,000: Reduce Central Office classified and non-employee-related costs. Affects field trips and staff development.

* $50,000: Eliminate DARE anti-drug program due to loss of grant funding.

* $50,000: 10 percent reduction in base building budgets across the board.

* $50,000: Trim extracurricular athletics.

* $50,000: Cut technology equipment purchases.

* $33,000: Resume 1 mile walk zone for middle school-aged and high school-aged students; consolidate routes to reflect reduction in students.

* $20,000: Eliminate support for summer school and increase fees and grants.

* $17,500: Increase recycling efforts, with half of savings back to schools.

* $17,000: Eliminate driver-education program.

* $15,000: Reduce non-grant-funded travel and staff development by 10 percent.

* $13,200: Reduce Visions newsletter to quarterly publication from monthly.

* $12,000: No automatic classified substitutes, if not directly dealing with students.

* $10,000: Cut utility expenses by an additional 2 percent.

Savings: $1.72 million

Plus:

* $125,000: Addition of 2.5 behavior intervention specialist positions to elementary schools.

Net savings: $1.59 million

Port Angeles School District

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