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Parkview to present balanced budget

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GINA R. HEINE
August 10, 2011
— Parkview administrators will present voters with a balanced budget—the result of cutting $750,000—at Monday's annual meeting.

Superintendent Steve Lutzke said a good chunk cuts came through the "tools" Gov. Scott Walker presented in his budget repair bill.


Teachers and staff agreed through contract extensions to start contributing 4.99 percent of their health and dental insurance premiums and half of their retirement contribution. Those contributions were coupled with a 2 percent pay cut.


Parkview's proposed $10.94 million budget is down 5.1 percent from last year. The proposed tax levy also drops 6.6 percent to $3.79 million. The anticipated tax rate drops 1.9 percent to $9.52 per $1,000 of assessed value.


Two retirements, two resignations, a reduction of four support staff positions and federal stimulus money also contributed to the balanced budget, Lutzke said. An administrative position also was consolidated after Joan Wick, Orfordville Elementary principal/director of curriculum and instruction, left for a new job.


"We are absorbing some of those duties and hiring a dean of students at a reduced cost," Lutzke said.


The new dean will replace the assistant high school principal post held by Karen Strandt-Conroy. She will remain director of pupil services and also will become the Orfordville principal and director of curriculum and instruction.


The school board will meet after Monday's meeting. Lutzke said it's unlikely referendum plans will be much of a topic because nothing has changed since last week when a long-range planning committee decided to slow down on a plan to build a new junior/senior high school.


Lutzke met Monday with staff at J.P. Cullen & Sons, which will provide the district in a couple weeks with rough construction costs. Estimates were sought for either building a new high school and remodeling the existing one to be the only elementary campus, or just expanding Orfordville Elementary to Newark and Footville.


J.P. Cullen is providing the estimates for free, Lutzke said.



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