The Half Hollow Hills School District’s planetarium and natatorium will stay open next year, but district officials also announced that some sports assistant coaches would be cut, one of the latest decisions made by officials to save money in the 2013-14 budget year.
The district’s board of education held a budget workshop Friday, and did not take any votes, but members held discussions and decided on some programs they would retain next year and some that they would reduce.
The board has to make about $9 million in reductions for next year’s budget to stay within the state’s tax cap levy. It has started to whittle down that number with a series of decisions on what to keep and what to cut.
To save about $100,000, the board decided Friday to eliminate some assistant coaches and turn the paid basketball clock-timing position into a volunteer one. The board also will reduce costs in supplies and reconditioning equipment.
Two clerical staffers are retiring at the elementary school level and those positions won’t be filled, for a savings of $139,000. Two central office clerks will fill those positions and the central office will reorganize its staff.
The board also plans to make reductions in staff to the elementary enrichment program and the Academically High Aptitude Program — from four full-time equivalents to one, which will save about $400,000.
The board earlier decided not to close any schools, to move from a nine-period day to an eight-period day at the two middle schools, to eliminate the elementary health program and to have students start paying for driver’s education.
The next budget meeting is March 4 at 5 p.m.