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5 Things to Know About the HHH School Budget

Five things to know about the Half Hollow Hills preliminary spending plan for 2012-13.

1. The Half Hollow Hills district administration is taking a for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, which translates to a savings of $1.2 million over the two-year period. Part of the agreement is that no district administrators can be cut during that period.

2. The teachers' union, which agreed to a salary freeze this school year, will have step increases reinstated in the 2012-13 budget.

3. The district will , 18 of whom will be excised due to lower enrollment on the elementary level. An additional 26 positions district-wide are being chopped as well.

4. The preliminary 2012-13 budget is currently set at $221.9 million, and meets the . The proposed figures result in an increase of 2.75 percent from the current year’s spending plan. The difference is the lowest budget-to-budget increase in 15 years, Superintendent Kelly Fallon said during Tuesday's budget forum.

5. When it comes to the preliminary budget, "nothing is final," Board of Education President Jeanine Bottenus said during Tuesday's . The district is still awaiting some figures to come in from the state, which could change the final budget number over the next few months. Typically, budget discussions would be happening only among board members at this point in the process, but the new tax cap prompted administrators to hold the open forums.

clearvision January 30, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Why didn't you include the specifics of the Half Hollow Hills teacher and administrator contracts including the annual percent step and salary increases? I believe that most patch readers would want to know this information prior to making a decision regarding the budget.
Amanda Lindner January 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Thanks for your question. All information currently available is within the articles linked to this one. I will be reporting on more detailed financial plans as the information comes out.
Patrick Cunningham February 05, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I love the Salary Freeze comments, In 2010 there were 613 Teachers with an average salary of $ 87,000 per year. In the 2012 Budget there were 572 teachers with an average salary of $ 97,000 per year. That equates to about an 11% increase over 2 Years. Let's be honest here, teachers salaries are going up. Private Sector increases are well below that. The Schools are burdened with with way too many administrators. There are 30 Principals and Assistants at a total salary of $4,400,000. From 2010 through 2013 with the 35 additional reductions almost 70 teachers will be reduced, yet administration will remain at the same level. We will retain the $ 120,000 plus salary and eliminate the $ 40,000 newbie salary. Lets keep the teachers and remove the administrator.

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