No action yet by WCCS on proposed budget cuts

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meets in regular session Monday and is not yet scheduled to act on proposed budget cuts aimed at bringing black ink back to the school system’s financial statement.Over the past two board meetings, the panel has heard reports from corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf about revenue shortfalls and proposed solutions.Some of those proposed measures have involved cuts in staff, including the reduction of six teaching positions and one office assistant at Indian Springs Middle School, two special education positions and reducing two guidance counselors at the primary and middle schools.Also proposed are the elimination of 8.5 teaching assistants.The reduction in force item will be on the April 18 agenda.O’Connor also recommended a reallocation of the corporation’s Professional Development funding for 2011 and 2012 as a budget-reduction measure.The proposed cuts, along with several measures already taken, could save the corporation $383,815 in 2011 and $996,411 in 2012, according to O’Connor.The board will however take action on a work change order for contractors installing carpet at the school corporation’s new Eagle Tech Academy.The board will also vote on K-12 science textbooks and proposed school fees for the 2011-2012 school year.An executive session will be held following the meeting.