Collier schools to present budget, job cuts at regular meeting today

The Collier School district will present $16.5 million in budget reductions, including the elimination of 100 positions, to the Collier County School Board at Tuesday's regular board meeting.

Collier schools Superintendent Kamela Patton said none of the employees in the 33 instructional positions eliminated will lose their job. All of those employees will be offered a position within their area of certification.

This is Patton's second major cut since starting as Superintendent in June 2011. Last year, the district cut $15 million and reduced 65 positions.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center located at 5775 Osceola Trail.

Below is a breakdown of some of the recommended budget cuts:

Reduce school locational budgets by 5 percent — saves $175,000

Reduce central office locational budgets by 10 percent — saves $532,000

Additional central office locational budget reductions — saves $1,318,000

Reorganize technology department including the reduction of 3.5 positions — saves $258,600

Reduce central office positions (7 secretaries, 2 administrative, 3 specialists, 1 managerial, 4 central office teachers on special assignment, reduce working days for 4 positions) — saves $1,176,600

Reduce 9 maintenance positions — saves $378,000

Reduce around 70 school-based positions — saves around $3.2 million

For a full list of the recommended budget recommendations go to http://collierschools.com/board/meetings/public/May%208,%202012%20-%20Regular%20Board%20Meeting/B32A828F-631C-42C3-823F-D0E67BBE53A1Agenda.pdf

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