While Rock Hill schools’ plan to cut spending next school year by $10 million spans the district’s reach, there are some areas that appear to be safe for now.
In a presentation that topped an hour Monday evening, Superintendent Lynn Moody revealed a list of budget cuts that would clip jobs and in some ways change how the district educates students.
She also presented a list of cuts that were considered, but later taken off the list.
Here’s a look at which areas were spared and how much each could save:
· Reading Recovery, an intensive one-on-one literacy program for elementary schoolers struggling with reading: $2 million in federal and stimulus money, none of which comes from the state. This could be on a future list, Moody said.
· Elementary school assistant principals: $630,000. “You can’t get good principals if you don’t have good assistant principals,” Moody told the audience. “I think that’s critically important.”
· Elementary program teachers: $560,000
· Middle school instructional coaches: $350,000
· Reduce number of days assistant principals work: $110,000
· Academic coaches: $104,000
· Brattonsville Program: $99,300
· Assistant Principal Reduction of Days: $ 75,000
· Carroll School program: $68,000
· Consolidating three high schools’ International Baccalaureate program: $20,400
· Swimming program for third-graders: $5,000. “All we pay is $5,000 for third-graders to learn to swim,” said Moody, adding that makes it worthwhile.
The seven-member school board gets the final say when it votes on Moody’s plan, likely in late March. Board members could vote her plan down or tweak it.