State board offers districts guidelines for K-12 cuts

The Indiana State Board of Education is offering guidelines to local communities for cutting their school budgets to meet
declining state revenues.

The board is sending a checklist to school districts across the state that outlines options
communities should consider, including using fees to pay the costs of sports and other extracurricular activities. Other options
include freezing employees’ salaries and outsourcing cafeteria, janitorial and transportation services.

Schools will
lose about 3.5 percent of current state funding in 2010, starting with their January payment. The State Board of Education
had recommended the cuts begin in January.

State Superintendent Tony Bennett says school districts can find 3 percent
savings without laying off teachers.

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