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Summit schools eye 2009-10 budget reallocations

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news
Silvthorne, Colorado

SILVERTHORNE ” Summit School District officials are considering a reduction in funding for more than five sports to help support boys’ and girls’ lacrosse expenses ” as well as other reallocations ” in preparing the 2009-10 budget.

Boys’ golf and girls’ tennis could become varsity-only sports. The girls’ tennis fee could increase from $100 to $300 and boys’ golf could require entry fees for competition.

Tommy Gogolen, who was an assistant boys’ golf coach this year, said he’s already been told the position will likely not be needed next year.

“I would say that our program is not going to be as in-depth,” he said, adding that with only one coach, there won’t be a coach back in Summit County when varsity players travel to compete in matches.

He said it benefits the golf team to have a junior-varsity program, “so that when varsity ends up graduating, we have guys lined up and ready to fill those spots.”

About 12 boys comprise the golf teams, and the varsity team of about five starters competes in about 16-18 matches between late August and October.

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Gogolen said he understands the need to tighten budgets and is “definitely in favor of the lacrosse team,” which has good participation numbers.

“If the lacrosse team’s going to be the result of that, there’s always ways to cut the budget,” he said.

Gogolen is also head coach of the girls’ soccer team.

Other sports that could be affected by budget reallocations include boys’ soccer, boys’ hockey, track and nordic and alpine skiing.

Until recently, the lacrosse team existed as a program outside the district. In addition to the possible reallocations, this sport could include a $100 fee for students.

The total amount that would be reallocated from other sports to lacrosse is $27,471.

In other news, district officials are considering changes to the Response to Instruction program’s $83,000 budget, reallocating $13,625 for an online program costing $35,000.

RTI monitors students’ grades, attendance and test scores to determine whether they need help, said district spokeswoman Julie McCluskie.

District assistant superintendent Karen Strakbein said the money that would be reallocated pertains to RTI funds for intervention ” extra time and support for kids who may be falling behind.

“(The online program is) actually supporting the RTI objectives because RTI tries to identify students during the school year that need extra assistance,” she said, adding that the program would provide support.

An existing online program the district uses called NovaNET ” a courseware system to improve test results and reduce dropout rates ” would be terminated to provide the rest of the funding for the new online program.

District officials are also hopeful that federal stimulus dollars for Title I schools ” those with a higher proportion of students on free and reduced lunch ” will make their way to Silverthorne and Dillon Valley elementary schools.

The estimated $99,000 would be used for summer school and family literacy programs including day care for young kids and learning for students through high school as well as parents. The programs aim to improve literacy, life skills and language.

“The beauty of this is having the entire family participating at whatever level they need to be,” McCluskie said.

She said the budget reallocations principals and staff have listed are aimed at fulfilling the board’s top priorities of fund balance, teachers’ entry-level wage of $40,000 and professional development.

The reallocations are in early stages, with much more discussion before their adoption, McCluskie said.

The district’s proposed 2009-10 budget is to be reviewed by the board in May and adopted in June.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.