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East Grand schools adopt trimmed 2010-11 budget

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

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GRANBY – After a year of countless meetings and tough decisions, the East Grand School District board adopted its budget, June 15, for the 2010-2011 school year.

Due to shortfalls in tax revenue and state and federal funding, the $21.8 million budget reflects $1.3 million in cuts and adjustments for next year.

The budget still showed a deficit of $17,000 by as late as May, but administrators balanced it by cutting $15,000 out of election expenses and another $2,000 out of curriculum funds for Granby and Fraser schools.

The budget shows a $200,000 balance from the general fund being carried into the reserve, with a total $1.9 million in reserve – of which $1.5 million is unrestricted.

East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas said the district’s attempts to slightly fatten its reserve could be negated if any one of three scenarios threaten the district-approved budget, such as decreased enrollment beyond the 15-student buffer built into the budget, the possible passage of Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 in the upcoming November election, and state budget shortfalls that could hurt the district with another recission.

Since the district receives per-pupil funding from the state, a significant decrease in student enrollment negatively impacts the school’s budget.

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As many as 38 students left the district between October and June, according to Karas, and it’s projected another 50 may not return for the upcoming school year.

With a 15-student buffer set in the budget, an additional 35 students not returning could impact school finances by $245,000.

If any of those three scenarios occur, Karas said, it could lead to district officials evaluating the district’s next budget move.

“We’ll wait to see how big the impact is,” she said.

Other news:

• Dr. James Chamberlin, director of student achievement who works in the District Administrative Offices, will be Fraser Elementary School’s half-time principal next year. Chamberlin will serve half of his position as director of student achievement and the other half as elementary school principal. Chamberlin is filling the position that was occupied by contracted interim principal Maureen Graff, who started overseeing Fraser Elementary administration in December 2009. Due to budget cuts, Chamberlin’s full-time director position was reduced, and in efforts to keep costs down, Chamberlin will also fulfill the role of principal, according to Superintendent Nancy Karas.

• East Grand School District’s recognized retirees: Granby Elementary School third-grade teacher Tanya Cousineau, who retired after 21 years of service; Middle Park High School sports medicine teacher and athletic trainer Kathe Morck, who retired after 20 years of service; and Granby Elementary School first-grade teacher Holly Zastrow, who retired after 28 years of service.

• Middle Park High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Marlo Klassen has resigned. The East Grand School District posted the position on Wednesday to begin the search for his replacement.

• A new science curriculum is likely to be officially adopted for all of East Grand School District’s elementary schools. The Foss Science elementary curriculum supplements will replace “outdated materials that are not applicable to state standards,” district officials said. The $48,000 change in curriculum is being paid for out of the district’s 2010-2011 budget. Before adopted by the school board, the new science materials will be on display for community members to see for at least two weeks starting June 21 in the District Administrative Offices in Granby.

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