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Summer News!

July 20, 2016

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Summer Time is a busy time around FTG Schools!  We are finishing the search for staff to begin the school year, finishing summer cleaning, and doing last minute maintenance.  We received our state funding and it was $208,000 less than we finished last year with and a whopping $367,000 less than we started last year with! 

We expected that, so we made the cuts listed below to try to weather this storm.  Please know that all of these cuts come with a price, as each item cut was part of the quality of our system.  We will continue to provide the best service we can as a school, but please continue to communicate with legislators that although we are getting by, these continued cuts are continuing to erode quality.

On the brighter side, we have one month of summer to enjoy before we begin another GREAT school year!  I am looking forward to working with kids, staff, and parents in the best school in the world!!

 

2016 State Budget Cut Impact to FTG

Buy used bus  instead of  buying new bus

                           $53,000

Safety is compromised by substituting a high mileage bus for a new bus.

 

Curriculum Consultant

$35,000

This consultant assisted the superintendent in curriculum and student advocacy since the district lost the curriculum director in the 2009 cuts.

 

Eliminate online Spanish

$15,000

Increases class sizes in current Spanish courses.

 

Family Consumer Science Teacher

$35,000

Reduces FCS staff from two teacher program to one.  Reduces Early Childhood class opportunities for HS students.

 

Two positions at ELC

$100,000

Raises class sizes from 20 to 22-24 in certain grades.

 

Teacher aide at ELC

$13,000

Reduces reading support for students.

 

 

 

$30,000

DHS social worker position

Services for students in need of help will be limited

 

Move internet subscriptions To bond

$40,000

Reduces available funds used to purchase student laptops for our 1:1 computer initiative

 

 

Summer Cleaning

$16,000

For this summer only, deep cleaning of carpets has been limited to high traffic areas. 

   

Reduce Summer School

$20,000

Program that has helped remediate 100 students in the past will be reduced in scope and number.

 

Summer Energy setback

$10,000

Building use will be restricted due to reduction in summer cleaning and summer school as well as a reduction in community activities in buildings.

 

The above cuts total $367,000.  On top of these cuts, the district is hiring back three retired employees who will work at a reduced rate, saving the district approximately

$40,000-$50,000.

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