|West Chicago Elementary School District #33|
|Dr. Ed Leman, Superintendent||Board of Education|
|312 E. Forest Avenue West Chicago, IL 60185||Dave Barclay, President|
|www.wegoed33.k12.il.us||Katrine Maguire Secretary|
|(630) 293-6000 Fax (630) 293-6088||Sharon L. Jones|
|Contact:||Becky Koltz||School/Community Relations Specialist||Deborah D. Ramsey|
|(630) 293-6000 ext. 201||Robert Lemon|
TO: Board of
FR: Dr. Ed Leman
DA: 2-17-05 5:30 PM
RE: Budget information
Today, Sue Caddy received very significant budget information in the form of an insurance quote from a fully funded insurance plan through Blue Cross/Blue Shield. This information will impact our RIF decision.
The FY06 tentative budget has $3.9 million allocated to health and dental insurance. The BC/BS informal quote for an April 1st renewal is $2.5 million. Simple math = $1.4 million less in expenditures for FY06. Current insurance fund balance would be used to pay run out claims for 12 months, and any remaining balance transferred to the ed. fund next spring. This significant reduction is attributed to having lower claims history for two years. The insurance committee will meet on February 28. It is anticipated that Sue Caddy will bring a recommendation to the Board at the March 3rd meeting to renew with BC/BS effective April 1st.
Our current budget reduction scenario includes (but is not limited to):
4 buffer positions at a savings of $180,000
Energy savings of $45,000
Liability insurance savings of $18,000
Academic center aide at a savings of $15,000
Revenue assumptions increased by $300,000
5 MS teaching positions at a savings of $220,000
4 GATE positions at a savings of $180,000
1 orchestra position at a savings of $45,000
1 staff technology trainer position at a savings of $45,000
Increasing elementary class size to 35/37 resulting in approximately 12 fewer positions K through 6 at a savings of $540,000
Adding 11 instructional aides at a cost of $165,000
Other budget balancing actions may/will include:
ESC costs at a savings target of $30,000
Subcontracting at a savings target of $45,000
Additional grant funding for current expenses, such as LLC automation (unknown amount)
Shared services (outsourcing – unknown amount)
ERO fund transfer up to $200,000
Federal grant increases that allow supplanting current costs (this will occur - unknown amount)
The certified staff portion of this list represents approximately $865,000 (includes cost of 11 aides).
This represents the financially conservative position taken by the Board at the last regular meeting. Today’s information means we not need to reduce certified positions for budget reduction purposes*, or reductions can be greatly minimized. Please remember that reductions will still occur for other reasons, such as: making room for teachers returning from leaves, certification issues, restructuring at the middle school, and waiting for bilingual exit information (April), which impacts bilingual and gen. ed. staffing.
Administration recommends not reducing certified staff for budget reduction purposes. A slight reduction in elementary classroom staffing may be accomplished by raising K-6 class sizes to 33/35 if the board desires additional budget margin through certified staff reductions. We’ll take FY07 when it comes, and after the airport appeal.