A rash of retirements — six of a total of 26 administrators — will allow the Goddard school district to cut $335,000 in salaries next year, said Rod Dietz, assistant superintendent of business.
"It won't be nearly enough," he said, adding that the district cut roughly $700,000 from its budget this year and expects about the same next year.
In Maize, administrative costs have risen in recent years because the school board decided to give raises to employees who aren't administrators or teachers — but count in the state's definition of general administration — to get their salaries in line with other area districts. The board didn't want to go back on the promise despite budget cuts, spokeswoman Karen McDermott said.
Andover is shaving some expenses of its 25 administrators, including principals. More than half took a furlough this school year, business manager Jim Freeman said.
Next school year, he said, the district plans to cut one districtwide support services job and part-time assistant principals at two schools.
And if teachers agree to a pay cut next year in their union contract, superintendent Mark Evans said the pay cut would be made districtwide, including administrators.
Read the full story by Lori Yount at http://www.kansas.com/2010/04/11/1264317/district-cuts-target-administration.html.
SOURCE: Kansas Department of Education