School board OKs 2005-06 budget |

School board OKs 2005-06 budget

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board sliced another layer from its budget Wednesday night.

In order to reduce more than $500,000 from its $36 million general fund budget, the school board relocated Coldstream Alternative and Creekside Magnet schools from the Rideout campus to Tahoe Lake Elementary School, cut its transportation budget for the third year in a row, cut staff at Lake Tahoe schools and decided to sell a dozen of its portable classrooms.

What resulted is a budget picture for the school district that is in the black for the first time since 2002-03. The district also met its state-required 3 percent general fund reserve with help from the Measure A parcel tax’s ending fund balance.

A vice principal position on the North Shore, which was identified as a last-minute cut last week, was spared after principals and staff at North Tahoe High School and North Tahoe Middle School came up with a plan to realize savings elsewhere.

When it came time for the school board to approve a budget, Trustee Monty Folsom made a last-minute request to remove a $210,000 capital outlay expenditure from the budget.

“I heard this was coming at the last minute, changing the budget assumptions we adopted in March,” said school board President Cindy Gustafson.

“It’s been a high priority of mine to replace capital outlay,” she said, adding that when constituents walk with her through the hallways of local schools and “see duct tape holding down the carpet … it looks foolish. It looks penny-wise and pound-foolish.”

Folsom argued he was making the recommendation so the district would be able to give salary increases to staff and restore programs with the extra funds.

The school board agreed to approve the budget, while freezing the $210,000 in capital outlay funds until it is determined how the funds will be appropriated.

The budget now must be approved by the Placer County Office of Education before it is turned into the state.

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