Eagle County Schools form budget committee | VailDaily.com

Eagle County Schools form budget committee

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – Wanted: People willing to help the school district cut its budget.

The Eagle County School District plans to form a committee charged with identifying possible cuts to expenses in 2011-12.

“Last year we cut $4 million, and it was difficult, so any cuts we make next year will be even more difficult,” Chief Financial Officer Phil Onofrio said.

Teachers, parents and community members are invited to join the committee, he said.

The committee will meet two times before Jan. 1 and twice a month after that, Onofrio said.

Along with pinpointing possible cuts, the district wants to communicate its budget issues to the public, Onofrio said.

A Teacher Incentive Fund grant the district has been receiving for the past six years is set to expire next year. The district has been receiving about $1 million per year to cover mentor and master teacher stipends, teacher training and some salaries.

Also, the state budget picture is grim for next year, so the district is unsure how much state funding to expect, Onofrio said.

“We really have very little information,” he said. “We know the state is $1.1 billion short for 2011-12, so we expect schools will take some reduction. We just don’t know how much.”

Anyone interested in joining the committee should e-mail Onofrio at philip.onofrio@eagleschools.net, he said.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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