(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Board of Education held a meeting Monday night in order to finalize their $116 million balanced budget proposal for the next school year.
The proposal includes $8.3 million in cuts.
The board moved some federal funds around to reduce enrollment in preschools by 140 students. Those funds will be shifted to help pay for Title 1 services to Pickett and Parkway Elementary schools as well as Roubidoux Middle School.
Also, 90 teaching positions and 10 administrative positions were cut along with a range of other cost trimming measures.
"These are hurtful times right now for some because we've had it good in the past," School Board President Martin Rucker said. "Students have been taken care of and we've had some programs that are really extras because we were able to afford them. Right now, we aren't in that position anymore."
On the positive side, threatened deep cuts to the Parents as Teachers program will not happen. The board agreed to only eliminate one staff person and the program will also receive a $25,000 gift from Mosaic Life Care.
The board also tabled the idea of "pay-to-participate" in middle and high school activities. Board members say they are not sure yet how much to charge students for extracurricular activities and whether to charge one flat fee that would include all activities or charge by each activity individually.