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Board reviewed budget reduction recommendations

On January 11, the Parkway School Board of Education heard recommendations for accomplishing budget reductions as outlined below.  Although Parkway continues to be in strong financial shape, declining revenues and a forecast for minimal future growth call for the district to take proactive steps to reduce expenditures by 3 to 5 percent over the next two years. The board is expected to vote on the proposal in February.

A district-wide committee met in October and November to identify areas for potential reduction. All aspects of the district were considered and more than 100 potential strategies were initially developed during brainstorming sessions. After several weeks of discussion, the strategies were reduced to fewer than 30 and separated into seven categories.

The budget proposal is based on guiding principles to preserve the district's core priorities as defined in our strategic plan.


Annual Savings Range

1. District administrators & departmental support staff

  • Reduce approximately 20 positions over 2 years

$1.0M – $1.25M

2. Operating budgets

  • Reduce program and school budgets by 10% where possible

$700K – $830K

3. Greater efficiencies

  • Centralize student registration process
  • Eliminate part-time lunch/recess personnel
  • Reduce overtime and per diem days
  • Reduce utility costs
  • Electronic report cards
  • Other areas

$1.4M – $1.75M

4. Personnel supporting teachers and students

  • Implement “Instructional Coaching” model which combines some roles of Lit Coaches, PMCs, TISs for efficiency
  • Reallocate elementary CRSs
  • Restructure reading intervention to K-12 model
  • Eliminate math intervention specialists & redesign math support district-wide 

$1.8M – $2.5M

5. Teaching assistants (TAs) & school secretaries

  • Restructure elementary TA allocation
  • Reduce average of one TA per elementary school
  • Restructure school secretary staffing model and provide flexibility to support full day kindergarten and centralized registration changes

$1.0M – $1.2M

6. School instructional staffing models

  • Revise delivery of secondary alternative programming
  • Eliminate elementary "hard cap" maximums for increased flexibility
  • Middle/high program preservation positions – reduce 1 position per school

$1.4M – $1.9M

7. New revenues

  • Increase summer school fees
  • Increase fees for facilities usage by outside organizations

$150K – $200K


$7.45M – $9.63M