Monday, June 18, 2012
School lunch prices, Chartwells contract renewal and school bus purchases are also on the agenda.
The Rochester Board of Education is expected to vote Monday night on the 2012-13 school district budget. The general fund budget, as proposed, is $157 million; it encompasses about $5 million in borrowed funding from the district's $22 million fund balance. The proposed budget includes the privatization of custodian and transportation services, which the board approved earlier this year. There are details about the budget hearing here. In addition to the public hearing on the budget, board members will consider the following: The board meets at 7 p.m. in the Harrison Room of the school administration building. The meeting is open to the public.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Media specialists, para-educators and learning consultants not likely to be among the choices, Rochester's assistant superintendent says.
Faced with a budget deficit that will be between $8.7 million and $9.5 million, leaders of Rochester Community Schools are studying which programs will need to be cut or scaled back next year. This week, a school leader said the media specialist, para-educator and learning consultant programs would likely not be among the choices. The possibility that these programs could be affected by cutbacks have triggered passionate concerns from the public. Dan Romzek, the district's assistant superintendent for business, presented Board of Education members with an outline of the 2012-13 budget during a study session Monday. Next Monday, he and members of the administration team will offer their preliminary recommendations for cutbacks. "I don't …
Monday, April 30, 2012
A study session on the 2012-13 Rochester school budget is planned tonight.
Rochester Board of Education members will hold a study session tonight to continue a conversation on how to solve a potential $10.8 million deficit next school year. There will be no decisions made tonight; instead, board members will hear an update on the projected budget from district administrators and talk about some of the potential cuts. Two weeks ago, board members voted to privatize custodians and transportation services in an effort to save the district money. Other potential cutbacks are detailed in 10 Potential School Budget Cuts in Rochester. The meeting is at 7 tonight in the Harrison Room of the School Administration Center. Also on the agenda: Musson Elementary students will present an academic spotlight.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Employees will receive layoff notices in the coming day after Rochester school leaders approved three-year contracts with two private companies to manage their services.
Choosing from what they called a "bucket of bad choices," the Rochester Board of Education voted 7-0 Monday night to outsource transportation, custodian and partial grounds services beginning in the fall. It's a move that will save the district almost $12 million over the next three years and it's necessary, board members say, as the district is facing a $10.8 million shortfall next year — the largest in Oakland County, Superintendent Fred Clarke said. It was a vote wrapped in emotion: Board members and a crowd of about 100 people listened for almost an hour as transportation employees pleaded with the board to keep their jobs. "This saddens me deeply," said Kristen Schwark, the aunt of a Meadow Brook Elementary School student and a …
They will decide whether to sign contracts with two companies for custodial and transportation services.
For the past two month, Rochester Board of Education members have been researching the potential hiring of private companies for the district's transportation and custodial services. It's a move that administrators say would save the district up to $11.7 million over three years, and in a time when the district is facing a budget shortfall, it's one measure that would alleviate spending concerns. But some parents, along with employees of the custodian and transportation departments, have expressed concerns with the outsourcing of individuals who will be in such close contact with students. Those pros and cons will be debated at a 7 p.m. regular school board meeting tonight. Durham School Services is the potential private company that …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Rochester Community Schools is facing a deficit; here are some possible solutions.
How does a school district absorb a projected $10.8 million budget shortfall? Here's a closer look at potential budget reductions as presented to Rochester Board of Education members on Monday night. These potential cuts are not in any order, and they are only potential cuts; the final 2012-13 budget will be approved in June. "This is a moment in time ... a snapshot of where we are," said Dan Romzek, the district's newly hired assistant superintendent for business. Romzek and board members will discuss these potential cuts in depth at an April 30 meeting. 1. A 5 percent reduction across the board in school and department budgets. 2. Elimination of the district's alternative high school program. 3. Reduced substitute teacher costs. 4. A 50 …
The district is facing a budget shortfall and this is one potential way to save money.
Rochester Community Schools would save $11.7 million over three years by contracting with two companies to manage bus drivers, custodians and some grounds workers, Board of Education members learned this week. In an era of budget worries — Rochester is facing a $10.8 million deficit next year — this bottom line spurred board members to ask district leaders to move forward with the contracts. "I believe this is our fiscal responsibility — it's what we were elected for," said Board President Jennifer Berwick. "I do not think we can not move forward with this." A formal vote is expected at the board's April 16 meeting, though all board members present (Chuck Coutteau was absent) indicated their support for privatizing the services. Here's a …