UV cuts jobs amid budget struggles

NEW BERLIN – In order to close an approximate $655,000 shortfall in the 2011-2012 budget, the Unadilla Valley School District announced it will cut 11 positions at the end of the current year.

With just over $700,000 in state aid reductions combined with the disappearance of federal stimulus funds and increasing costs, the district reported about a $1.3 million funding shortfall in planning the 2011-2012 budget.

The UV Board of Education decided to use $909,676 from the school’s $6.1 million reserve fund to help fill the gap. The school had already factored the savings of not replacing eight positions being lost to attrition at the end of the current school year.

The proposed $19,419,244 is 1 percent lower than the current budget and calls for no increase in taxes.

Superintendent Robert Mackey said the district was hoping to close some of the shortfall by asking for voluntary concessions from the Unadilla Valley Faculty Association. The union voted down two of the three measures last week.

The only measure to pass was to permanently freeze a temporary salary reduction for the school’s three sports coordinators, 28 coaches and 41 advisors at 62.5 percent of their fully contracted wage.

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