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Cuts save district money

August 24, 2012

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner

Supplemental programming cuts have helped create more than $59,000 in savings for Wapakoneta City Schools.

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said the changes to supplemental programs and contracts have been made from 2007 to the present and more than 30 positions were cut overall.

The cuts accounting for the largest financial savings are to two technology coordinator positions for a total of $10,136 and nine middle school team captains at a total of $11,781. Included in the list of other cuts are a middle school athletic supervisor at a savings of $5,068, Performing Arts Center coordinator at a savings of $3,927, and high school newspaper at $2,953.

Four department head positions in special education, science, social studies and English each save the district $1,309, while cutting a video productions coordinator saves $1,476.

Four middle school coaching positions for baseball, softball, football and track save $2,282 each. A high school softball coaching position cut saves $2,953, while a diving coach position saves $1,141.

Also on the list are eighth-grade and senior class adviser positions each saving $805. By cutting the Redskin Revue, the district saves another $805, while no longer having Power of the Pen saves $1,476 and cutting Spanish Club saves $1,309.

Horner said decisions on what areas to cut were made starting with which supplementals were the last to be added, their direct impact on students (whether there was direct interaction with them), and value judgement.

In some cases, supplemental positions were resigned and not refilled, Horner said. In other cases, such as with the Redskin Revue, costs could potentially be paid for through fundraisers.

Athletic cuts were made for the first time last year and in some cases, coaches are working together — sharing one contract and splitting the salary to cover the eliminated position.

“I give credit to the coaches for wanting to maintain their programs and putting in the hours for less compensation,” Horner said.

While he said the supplemental cuts do make a difference, in the big scheme of the district’s budget, they aren’t that large.

“Certainly, they are always under discussion and review,” Horner said. “Supplementals are an important part of what we do with kids.”

He noted approximately 50 percent of students at the high school level participate in some type of extracurricular activity.

But, the district is still hurting on funding, the superintendent said.

He said despite the district’s expenditures being down $1 million across the board, revenues also remain down.

“We are still spending more than we are taking in,” Horner said. “We will continue to look at our expenditures.”

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