Mar 7, 2011 1:35 PM by Andy Koen

D11 looks to cut $12.5 million

Colorado Springs School District 11 is bracing for an estimated $12.5 million in budget cuts for the upcoming school year. That dollar amount is based on combination of revenue shortfall from the state ($11.2 million) and increases in operating costs ($1.3 million).

Board members were given a packet containing all of the possible cost cutting scenarios at a board retreat on March 2. Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Glenn Gustafson says the cuts could include fewer bus routes, larger class sizes, furlough days and pay cuts.

Other suggestions include increasing athletics and activities fees and implementing a 4 day work week for school administrators during the summer.

Over the coming months, Gustafson's office will be calculating the specific dollar amounts on the items board member want to consider.

Board members can use a line item veto when discussing the full proposed budget in May. A final vote on the budget isn't expected to take place until June.


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