City public schools superintendent Dean Koppelman presented a bleak picture of the districts financial future due to a loss of federal funding from Tile I and IIA programs in the future. Koppelman cites a long list of changes in state and federal law and how that would affect the school districts finances to fund retirement funds and other teacher compensation benefits and expenses. Koppelman quickly says the district could save 0,000 by combining the junior high principal position now held by Dan Larson and adding the activities director position to his duties at the special board meeting. The board unanimously approved of the recommendation and Larson will take on the duties of Activities Director in the Valley City School district. Waylon Starr stepped down as the Activities Director earlier this year. Starr will remain in the district as a class room teacher.
In other news the board will be studying the options associated with restructuring the Special Education Unit as of the 2012-2013 school year. Koppelman said if that happens, we could possibly be adding a number of Special Education staff members. He said currently the school district has 40 staff members. Koppelman says the additional staff could cost $300,000 to $400,000 in revenue, salaries and benefits.
The board tabled the issue for future discussion.