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20 Ways to Save Money Without Sacrificing Students

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20 Ways to Save Money Without Sacrificing Students

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Dec 27, 2011
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Article #1 in the "All About School Series." Article discusses Administrative Personnel * Teachers and Classroom Aides * Professional Development Activities * Copiers * Printing * Paper * Supplies * Textbooks * Technology * Buildings * Buses * Bus Routes * Food Service * Combining Jobs * Custodial Supplies * Custodial Staffing * Working with Other Districts * Debt * Modernizing * Re-thinking the School Calendar

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Dec 27, 2011
ISBN:
9781465891990
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K. A. Kruse is a practicing school administrator with 20+ years in education. He serves on the advisory board to the State Commissioner of Education, is a past president of the regional school administrator organization and is a freelance writer/consultant. He provides insight and advice on all aspects of school administration, with a specialty in public school finance.


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20 Ways to Save Money Without Sacrificing Students - K.A. Kruse

All About School

(School Administrator Series)

20 Ways to Save Money Without Sacrificing Students

(article)

By K. A. Kruse

Copyright 2011 K. A. Kruse

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Administrative Personnel * Teachers and Classroom Aides * Professional Development Activities * Copiers * Printing * Paper * Supplies * Textbooks * Technology * Buildings * Buses * Bus Routes * Food Service * Combining Jobs * Custodial Supplies * Custodial Staffing * Working with Other Districts * Debt * Modernizing * Re-thinking the School Calendar

It was the night of the school board meeting in a small town in the Midwest. The district was facing hard times due to a decrease in the local tax base and a shortfall in state funding. After nearly an hour of discussion, the school board members voted and the president announced the results with a sigh, Due to budget constraints, all junior high school sports have been cut. This move will save the district approximately $6800 in the coming year.

Over the next two weeks, five students transferred from the public school to a private school across town. Publicly, their parents spoke of the specialized attention their students would receive in the smaller setting. Privately, everyone knew the kids wanted to play ball, and the private school was the only game in town. With five fewer students, the public school district lost over $15,000 in potential revenue from the state.

That winter, the school’s Athletic Booster Club noticed an unsettling and substantial drop in their coffers. By the end of the year, their revenue had come in nearly $3500 below projections. As the group pondered the unexpected decline, one member noted that their big fundraiser was running the concession stand at ball games. With no junior high sports this year, members had worked fewer nights, but had made a lot less money.

At the end of the fiscal year, the school board tallied up the results of their cost-saving measures. One of the most unpopular decisions, cutting junior high school sports, had saved the district almost $7000 dollars. And it had cost only $18,500 to do so.

In these hard times, the scenario outlined above is playing out in school districts all across the country. When faced with budget shortfalls, it’s easy to come up with a few simple (and seemingly intelligent) ways to cut costs. Things like cut all supply budgets by 25%, or cut some extracurricular activities or cut some administrators come readily to mind. And sometimes, those things have to be done. It’s important to remember, though, why we have school and what it takes to provide kids with a great education and a positive school experience. Providing that kind of education is almost impossible if there’s not enough paper to provide each student with a copy, or if there aren’t extracurricular activities, or if the behavior of a few students bent on trouble can’t be controlled because the principal can’t be everywhere at once.

As you look for ways to control costs, keep the

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