More than $8 million in school budget cut options turned over to committee

A list of more than $8 million in possible budget cuts compiled by Oshkosh school administrators touches nearly every corner of the district except core student programs.

The list was given Thursday night to members of an advisory committee tasked with coming up with recommendations for filling a projected budget hole next school year. The most recent estimates show a deficit as large as $3.5 million. (That’s a slightly rosier projection than one released a few weeks ago.)

The list created by administrators contains many options considered in previous years. It was given to the committee of community members and district rank-and-file employees to kick-start their work.

The list includes:

  • $2.2 million in program cuts,
  • $2.2 million in savings though increasing teacher workloads,
  • $2.1 million in cuts to support services and
  • $1.1 million in facilities and transportation cuts.

The only idea for adding new revenue is to switch the district’s credit card to one with a rebate program, which would bring in an estimated $25,000 annually.

Click here to view the full list of budget cut options.

About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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