Beatrice School Board Approves Budget Cuts

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Public Schools’ Compass Program, an alternative learning center for high school students, will stay in its’ current building for now, north of BHS.

The Beatrice School Board approved a list of superintendent budget cuts on a 6-0 vote Monday night, but took out moving the Compass program to the high school.  That removes about $47,000 from the budget reduction list, bringing approved spending reductions to about $431,000.

Board member Janet Byars proposed keeping the Compass Program at it’s current location, with its’ leased space and para-educator.

:24                  “research on it”

Board member Steve Winter says he understands that some tough budget decisions had to be made.

:30                  “the high school”

The board approved a list of five budget reductions offered by the superintendent, because of lower enrollment and reductions in state aid.  The cuts include delaying purchase of textbooks for a year, a newly approved reduction in administrative positions from four, to three…a cut in technology spending…not filling five-and-a-half para professional jobs and reducing one elementary teaching position.  Superintendent Pat Nauroth says the district will continue to look for other budget savings.

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The current lease by the district for the Compass program, expires June 1st.

The District 15 Board also approved next year’s contract with Educational Service Unit Number Five, for special education services.  The agreement continues physical therapy and vision services but eliminates behavioral development consultant services.  The District recently approved its own level-three behavioral program.

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