Clarkston School District to cut programs/staff to address budget deficit

The Clarkston School Board is eliminating some staff and programs in efforts to eliminate its budget deficit.

At its meeting Monday evening, the board approved a budget that cuts nine positions total, including various “C team” level coaches and cuts back on some stipends teachers currently receive. In addition, the budget reduces the district’s certified staff by four-and-a-half full-time teachers and five paraeducator or teacher’s aide positions. Two coaching positions of “C squad teams” at Lincoln Middle School will be eliminated, as will six positions at the high school, consisting of mostly assistant coaches.

The budget for the next school year does not include any new salary increases, and district officials say that trend could continue into 2021.

Many of the cuts have been attributed to the increased costs of things like insurance, as well as changes at the state level following the state Supreme Court’s McCleary Decision aimed at fully funding basic education.

The 2019-2020 budget has expenditures outpacing revenues by nearly $667,000.  (Lewiston Tribune)

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