School board to discuss budget cuts Tuesday

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis Municipal Schools board has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how the district will handle budget cuts handed down by the Legislature.

Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the cuts will equal about $600,000 for the district.

Seidenwurm said each site or department with a budget submitted suggestions for cuts at their location to administration. Through that process, the district is hoping to find ways to cut the budget without hurting programs or laying off employees.

“We’ve done some ground work. Now we can sit down and actually look at the numbers,” Seidenwurm said.

Seidenwurm said because the Public School Capital Outlay Council pays the district’s insurance, the net loss to the district will be less than 1 percent in general operation funds.

Another 6.5 percent will need to be cut from funds such as educational technology and transportation funds.

“When we analyze the bills, we’ll see what that means for Clovis,” she said.

Plans on how to cut the budget will be released to the public Friday and the board will hear from the public at the special meeting Tuesday in the district’s central office board room.