"We are in good shape financially," Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "Based on the current status, there is no need to make cuts."
The Clay Community School Board of Trustees recently encouraged Schroeder to look into ways to save money, in case more cuts are to be made by the state. Schroeder has since formed the Cost-Cutting Committee, which will have its first meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, at North Clay Middle School. The public is invited to attend and observe the committee in action.
"The committee is made up of all administrative personnel, appointed teachers from the Clay Community Classroom Teachers Association (CCCTA), volunteers of non-certified personnel, volunteers from the school board and each board member was asked to appoint two community members," Schroeder said. "There will be approximately 60-65 people on the committee."
According to Schroeder, it doesn't matter what discussions take place in the committee, only recommendations can be made and the ultimate decision will be up to the school board.
"The state may cut an additional amount, and if that is the case, we want to be proactive in meeting the smaller amounts of revenue they send to us," he said. "At this time, we don't know about any cuts."
According to Schroeder, the 2010 budget for CCSC was cut by 1.3 million in the general fund-operating budget.
"No cuts were made because we had a structural surplus," he said. "Last year, we were notified in January of the amount we would be cut, so we can assume they will let us know in January 2011 for the 2011 budget."
To date CCSC has not had to RIF (reduction in force) any faculty or staff.
"We have no specific amount of money that could be cut at this time," Schroeder said. "Right now we are fine, we have a good cash balance. But if we receive cuts, then this will provide us with some options to review."