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Rock Island-Milan schools face budget cuts for 2014-15 year

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The chief financial officer for Rock Island-Milan Schools has made initial recommendations to change the district’s 2014-15 school year budget, and additions which would use most of the money saved.

At the school board’s meeting February 11, Bob Beckwith recommended a total of $166,670 in budget reductions.  Those reductions include $66,670 saved by eliminating an administrative staff position through attrition, plus saving an additional $100,000 by delaying unspecified capital projects for a year.

A statement on the district’s website said Beckwith also recommended three items be added to the 2014-15 budget, at a total cost of $166,653.

Those additions included purchasing software to export and analyze information on district databases.

Beckwith also recommended adding one teacher and two paraprofessional positions to meet state and federal staffing guidelines because enrollment has increased in the district.  The district statement says those positions would create a “new functional Special Education Classroom at Rock Island High School.”

The recommended additions included $36,000 to upgrade software on computers in two business computer labs using Windows XP.  Microsoft recently announced they would discontinue support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.

“The rest of the deficit would be made up through the school district reserves.  Currently there are $23 million in the reserves,” the district web post said.

The board was expected to vote on whether to include the recommendations in the 2014-15 budget.  That budget has not yet been completed.

Read the recommendations presented February 11 – click here.