$34.2 million budget unveiled; 35 positions dropped

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OXFORD — The Oxford Hills School District Budget Committee on Monday recommended a $34.2 million budget for 2010-11 that eliminates more than 35 full-time jobs, including 19 teachers.

“All this is very, very difficult stuff,” Superintendent Mark Eastman told the Board of Directors.

The $15,254,073 local assessment paid by the eight district towns this fiscal year will remain the same for the coming one, Eastman said, but increases will be needed after that.

The across-the-board staff reductions, Eastman said, include 11.5 elementary teachers, two middle school teachers, six high school teachers, eight educational technicians, two central office staff, three custodians and 3.25 administrators, including 2.5 principals. Some of the eight elementary schools will share a principal instead of having their own.

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Some of the reductions will come from resignations and retirements.

Also being cut are some freshmen sports, $100,000 in supplies and textbooks, another $100,000 in elementary foreign language, and  custodial services at the high school, and Paris and Rowe elementary schools.

The budget committee will finalize its spending recommendations after presenting the budget to voters over the next two weeks. The Board of Directors will vote on it May 3.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. June 3 at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris, followed by the budget validation referendum June 8. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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