Evergreen school budget set

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Board members for Evergreen Public Schools gave final approval Tuesday to a $239.4 million district operating budget for the 2011-12 school year.

Adopted by a 5-0 vote, the spending plan is 0.9 percent less than the $241.6 million allotted for 2010-11.

Under the plan, Evergreen has cut 10 teaching positions; increased special education student caseloads; and reduced academic coaches, some drug and alcohol intervention specialists and the equivalent of one middle school counselor. The district has dropped fifth-grade environmental science field trips and reduced funding for middle school football and fifth-grade band programs by $175,000 each.

Clerical support is trimmed by $525,000 by reducing worker hours; school supplies and maintenance spending is reduced by $1.3 million; and one district administrator position is eliminated, saving $165,000.

Evergreen’s plan assumes across-the-board salary cuts for teachers and nonteaching employees, pending ratification of collective bargaining agreements.