Chimacum schools make deep budget cuts in anticipation of declining revenue

CHIMACUM — School Board members on Wednesday, expecting deep revenue shortages next school year, slashed staff hours and services in the 2005-2006 budget.

Anticipating decreased state and federal funding, school administrators tightened Chimacum School District operations and trimmed $650,000 in expenses.

Overall, the 2005-2006 school year budget shrank non-teaching classified staff time by about 60 hours.

“That was a commitment that our secondary staff agreed to have,” said Superintendent Mike Blair.

Four full-time-equivalent teacher positions were cut, as well as several high school classes and secretarial staff time.

Board members also approved rolling two principal positions into one for primary and elementary schools.

District supplies and materials spending for next year was reduced by $157,000.

In addition, high school advising hours were reduced along with special education instruction time.

Activity fees

As an additional money-generating measure, school administrators plan to introduce a user fee for students’ extracurricular activities, such as athletics and cheerleading.

The anticipated “pay to play” fee would range between $50 to $60, staff said.

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