At the Clay Community School Board of School Trustees meeting in February, President Ted Jackson requested the option of closing an elementary school be removed from discussion at this time and other avenues for budget cuts be found and presented at the March meeting.
Thursday evening Superintendent William Schad and Director of Business Randy Burns presented the school board and the attending crowd with a list of 16 options to consider during the present financial crisis.
"It took us two or more years to get in this mess," Schad said as the presentation began. "It's going to take a while to get out of it."
The search for excessive expenses was limited to the General Fund, which is the financial problem for the school board, and it's where the cuts must be made.
Consisting of 90 percent salaries and benefits for employees, most of which are negotiable only under contract, the options were varied.
Using grant money to fund salaries, shifting positions into areas of the budget that can afford the cost, possible reduction in force (RIF) of 15 excess staff positions, elimination of excess spending on coaches in elementary and secondary ECA sports programs, and the cancellation or elimination of contract staff positions made up the list.
Although there were 16 options, Schad recommended that the board vote on 11 with the elimination of 15 staff positions being the most important.
"There's more than $800,000 in that one cut," Schad said, but the board wouldn't consider voting on it without further information.