GREEN BAY — The Green Bay School District School Board voted unanimously Monday to eliminate eight administrative positions, saving an estimated $1.3 million a year as the district works to cut costs and avoid an impending fiscal cliff.
Given the district’s estimated $36 million shortfall for the 2024-25 school year, it is working to cut spending with the least impact on students, according to Acting Superintendent Vicki Bayer.
“I know it’s not easy to eliminate positions, to reduce our FTEs (full-time employees), but it’s the right thing to do right now as we start to close the budget gap” , Bayer told the board.
No employees are being cut because the jobs being cut are currently vacant positions. The district does not fill these roles and instead expands other administrative job descriptions to absorb these duties.
“It was necessary, but it will add challenges to our work in the future, because we just don’t have the people we had,” board chair Laura McCoy said.
Enrollment has continued to decline since 2016. This leaves Green Bay schools with less money since much of the state funding is delegated per student. Meanwhile, staff positions have increased to cope with the additional burdens of the pandemic.
The district anticipates a further drop in enrollment this school year. Couple that with record inflation and resizing is inevitable.
The board also approved pay scale increases for a few technology department positions to align with industry standards, Bayer said. Job descriptions and titles for these positions were also updated at the meeting.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the salaries of those in those positions will go up, according to McCoy.
Here are the eight administrative positions eliminated and their salary ranges:
- Executive Director of Human Resources — $116,389 to $135,930
- Superintendent of Secondary Schools — $116,899 to $135,930
- Director of Evaluation — $106,273 to $123,575
- Director of Research and Program Evaluation — $106,273 to $123,575
- Director of preschool programs — $103,253 to $120,061
- Associate Director of Summer School and Expanded Learning Programs – $92,988 to $108,126
- Educational Technology Coordinator — $80,060 to $93,090
- Programmer/Technology Coordinator — $80,060 to $93,090
Here is what the board approved at the meeting:
The board also approved after-school program provider contracts with the Greater Green Bay YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay for approximately $1 million and $232,000, respectively.
YMCA programs will be offered over the next school year at Baird, Beaumont, Doty, Eisenhower, Howe, Sullivan and Tank elementary schools, while the Boys & Girls Club is offering programs at Danz and Fort Howard elementary schools.
The school lunch price recommendations were unanimously approved as the federal program that provided a free school lunch for all ends this year.
A free or discounted option will still be available to those who qualify and enroll in the program, and free breakfast and lunch will continue to be offered at participating Community Eligibility Provision schools. CEP schools are identified based on the number of students enrolled in a state benefit program.
Breakfast will cost families 30 cents for the reduced option and $2 for the full price. Lunches will cost 40 cents for the reduced price at all levels, $3 for elementary students and $3.30 for full price at the intermediate and secondary levels.
However, the district never denies a child a meal, regardless of their ability to pay.
The board also established the Brown County Institute of Learning to enroll adult and juvenile students in prison for the upcoming school year from grades four through twelfth.
This allows the district to take advantage of recently passed legislation that allows districts to exclude the performance of juvenile and adult students in prison from their state accountability report cards by creating separate schools for those facilities.
Danielle DuClos covers K-12 education in the Green Bay area as a member of the Report for America corps. She is based at the Press-Gazette in Green Bay. To contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-717-6851. Follow her on Twitter @danielle_duclos.