Vail Valley schools expect 168 less students |

Vail Valley schools expect 168 less students

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY ” The Eagle County School District is getting 2.28 percent more in state funds for each of its students in Colorado’s Vail Valley, but a projected drop in enrollment means the district will get less than last year.

The school district expects 168 less students for the 2000-10 school year, meaning it has to cut spending where it can, said Phil Onofrio, chief financial officer for the school district, via e-mail.

The district wants to keep a conservative budget for the school year because of the economy and plans to lower staff members through attrition, but it maintains there won’t be a need for layoffs, said Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for the school district.

As the school board works on next year’s budget it will look at recommended cuts across several departments, including technology, human resources, elementary and secondary education and special education. Some of the proposed cuts may be compensated for by federal stimulus money, Skjonsby said in a news release last week.

The school district should send out its annual non-renewal contract letters to teachers who won’t be asked to return next year in about a month. Skjonsby couldn’t comment on whether more non-renewal letters would be sent this year as a result of the budget cuts.

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She said the district expects a record number of applicants this year, but will have less openings.

The school board will adjust the district’s budget after the official enrollment count is taken on Oct. 1.

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