Tue, April 07

Good news, bad news at BC school

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

JUDY McBRIDE, superintendent/principal of the Beaver Creek School District, expects an M&O shortfall of $100,000.

Tiny Beaver Creek District, a one-school district with an actual student count of only 292, is no exception.

Superintendent/Principal Judy McBride told the school board Monday night she anticipates a $100,000 maintenance-and-operation shortage in 2003-04. With growth monies, though, she said they might get away with a $60,000 shortage but noted the preliminary figures do not include the potential addition of a teacher needed at the third-grade level.

The school board will get together later this month for a work session to go over figures when the statewide rising health insurance costs are available. Health insurance could go up as much as 25 percent; liability insurance 15 percent. Pension contributions are on the rise with 3-percent hikes.

In spite of the downside, there are a few favorable predictions at Beaver Creek.

McBride confirmed that no full-time teachers would be cut next year and that with this year’s adjusted budget (2002-03) teachers are likely to get their increases after all.

She said 15 teachers would receive $1,000 raises, which the board had originally frozen. She said the raises would happen unless there’s an unexpected surprise in capital outlay, which she does not anticipate due to the district’s growth monies and a $21,000 carry-over.

Beaver Creek has increased its average daily members by 11 students based on its 100-day count in January.

The adjusted budget for 2002-03 is $1,766,421. Anticipated high school tuition payments included in that figure the district must pay is around $500,000. McBride anticipates its next budget for 2003-04 to contain similar figures.

Beaver Creek could see some adjustments in part-time teacher and classified schedules, she said, and increases in health care coverage contributions.

“We may have to consider asking employees to pay a portion of their health insurance costs. We’re paying 100 percent, although last year if upgrading, employees had to pay an additional amount.”

The Beaver Creek School Board meets in a budget work session, April 28, 7:30 p.m., in the administration building conference room.

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