MOULTON — Tough decisions were put into action last Tuesday at the Moulton-Udell School board meeting.
The board of education gave their OK to move forward with approximately $200,000 worth of budget reductions, as the school attempts to stay within their spending authority. The school board aimed to cut $175,000 from their upcoming fiscal year budget.
Moulton is expecting to save $6,285 with their new superintendent sharing agreement. At Tuesday’s meeting, Moulton approved the sharing agreement with Twin Cedars for superintendent services. The agreement requires the superintendent to spend 20 percent of his/her time with the district, either in person or remotely.
Moulton will gain $25,464 from the operational sharing agreements they have, as the state law providing such incentive to districts who share resources with others was continued by the Iowa legislature.
Moulton will also be looking to shave $13,295 in attorney and arbitration fees this year. They’ve also contracted out their nursing and librarian services, for a combined savings of approximately $10,196.
The rest of the cuts will come directly from staffing at the school.
Moulton-Udell principal Randy Alger proposed several cuts, as directed, to the board on Tuesday. They totaled $136,146.63.
Leading the list was a $12,000 salary reduction for Alger himself. The district will look to shave approximately $20,133.68 by eliminating the halftime industrial arts position and looking to offer the program with the help of an outside school district.
The ICN aide will be cut from 7.5 hours a day to three hours, for an estimated savings of $8,861.40. A part-time instructional aide will be eliminated, which is expected to save around $12,279.60. A full-time secretary will see a cut of about 600 hours, for an expected savings of $9,881.85.
The district will eliminate a part-time janitor, for an expected savings of $8,716.75. A full-time janitor will be left, however, the district will look to using students to help fill the void. The proposed plan would be to have hired students work two hours for 180 days and then five hours per day for 61 days.