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Valley View School Board OKs $560,000 in administrative cuts

Faced with future budget constraints, the Valley View School District Board of Education on Monday night approved $560,000 in administrative cost cuts over the next three years.

The plan includes the elimination of administrative positions and the reclassification of others at lower pay rates, effective July 1. It also includes several changes in benefits to district and school administrators.

Here are some of the changes:

• Reorganize the two assistant superintendent positions to executive director positions with a reduction in salary from $150,000 to $120,000.

• Combine the pre‐K through 5 and 6 through 12 assistant superintendents’ positions into one pre‐K through 12 position, salary to be determined.

• Elimination of the assistant director of school community relations for a savings of $50,000.

• Elimination of the administrative consultant for pre‐K through 12 principals and assistant principals for a savings of $50,000.

• A 25 percent reduction in salary for the director of school community relations for a savings of $21,625.

When reasoning for the cuts Monday night, Valley View Superintendent James Mitchem said the focus of the district must remain in the classroom.

“Given the uncertain history of state funding, it is critical for Valley View to live within our financial means, while continuing to keep our children foremost in our minds,” Mitchem said.

“As we move forward with the New View, it is imperative that we focus our energy and financial resources on the classroom, making sure our most important asset, our educators, have all the tools they need to help our children succeed.”

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, all administrators will share more in the cost of their own health insurance as well as their family’s insurance, if applicable.

This change will result in a savings to the district of roughly $195,000 over three years.

In addition, reductions in the professional development budgets for all Valley View building and district administrators, ranging from 5 to 40 percent, will save the district $105,000 over a three-year period.

Mitchem also indicated that replacing retiring staff over the next three years with staff at lower salary levels will save an additional $220,000.

While the district expressed concern with state funding, it also owes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital $3.6 million in property tax reimbursements paid to the school district from 2009-11 – taxes the hospital paid under protest as it sought non-profit tax exemptions.

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