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OSD 308's approved budget cuts and fee hikes listed here

The Oswego School District 308 Board of Education approved $1.3 million in budget cuts and fee increases during its meeting on Monday; roughly half of the items presented for consideration.
The Oswego School District 308 Board of Education approved $1.3 million in budget cuts and fee increases during its meeting on Monday; roughly half of the items presented for consideration.

Listed below are the items approved by the Oswego School District 308 Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, as the district continues its attempts to offset a predicted multi-million dollar budget deficit. The items approved total $1,329,781. The dollar amount listed next to each item is either the anticipated revenue, or the value of the cut or reduction.

Leasing of athletic activity vans - $46,400

Operations and Maintenance reductions related to contract service visits, the elimination of select service agreements, and increased participation in energy demand response opportunity - $183,468

Shift in the management and issuance of district cell phones - $50,000

Reduce district and building-level budgets - $200,000

Restructure district finance department - $52,413

Hire a Director of Development to secure additional revenues - $150,000

Discontinue offering paid transportation as an option to students participating in the district's Early Childhood Tuition Paid Program; Increase Early Childhood Tuition program fees from $320 to $400 per month to cover costs of personnel - $150,000

Transportation at Thompson Junior High School and Traughber Junior High School boundary grandfathering expires - $276,800

Phased-in increase of high school parking permit fees from current $50 per semester to $75 per semester in the 2019-20 school year, to $100 per semester in the 2020-21 school year - $64,700 (Projected first year revenue)

Establish a course fee for high school evening courses ($225 per semester per course) for those students taking an evening course in addition to seven courses during the school day - $45,000

Reduction in the number of available days for administration vacation buy back - $111,000

The full list, including the list of items not approved by the board, can be found on the district's BoardDocs website, accessible through the district site.

The OSD 308 Board of Education will next meet on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:15 p.m. in the Community Room of Oswego East High School.

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