cheapest cialis 50mg lasix furosemide 25 mg canadian generic propecia viagra 50 mg kullanimi lexapro and generics doxycycline monohydrate 40mg buy celebrex chair buying prednisone buy cialis 10mg buy propranolol tablets cialis 20mg canada generic viagra listings buy cat prednisone diflucan one online nexium 40 mg usos celebrex canada buy cialis generic prices cialis online rezept buy zithromax cipro levitra generico europa buy generic viagra kamagra liquid online lexapro 20 mg about generico cialis farmacia cheapest brand levitra best online kamagra diflucan tablets 150mg buy cheap wellbutrin generic cialis for 1.00 cipro xr generico cheap viagra 120mg buy bactrim safe buying doxycycline vietnam taking 12.5 mg viagra diflucan 150 mg kapseli vendo viagra generico buy 50 mg doxycycline lisinopril 5 mg daily viagra 100mg duration cialis 2.5 mg cheap propranolol 80 mg angst doxycycline 300 mg std viagra buy boots propecia online mexico buy xenical spain generic wellbutrin xr female cialis 10 mg nexium 20 mg astrazeneca twins 50 mg clomid cheap 40 mg levitra cialis 5 mg yorumlar lexapro 20 mg coupon cialis 2.5 mg tables strattera price 40mg cialis forum mg viagra best buy viagra dose 120 mg viagra 100 mg prices generic brand prednisone cialis generics viagra buy counter buy doxycycline poultry levitra oro 20 mg lisinopril sleep disorders prednisone 5mg inida bangkok generic viagra lexapro 10 mg high clomid tabs 50mg lisinopril al 10 mg viagra 3000 mg inglilterra clomid 50mg notice viagra online risiken singapore buy cialis generico del nexium generic viagra vancouver chip 40 mg cialis buying viagra saudi controindicazioni lasix 25 mg generico xenical orlistat viagra generic distributors cheap levitra 40 mg viagra cheapest buy kamagra jel 100mg lasix 20 mg torrinomedica roche xenical 120mg clomid 150 mg zwanger cialis 10 mg fta female viagra 50 mg cialis 5mg tablets zithromax 500 mg vial buy levitra professional cipro far 500mg cheap 30 mg lisinopril buy 2.5mg cialis cialis 2.5mg generic diflucan 200 mg prezzo buy viagra newzealand cialis online forums levitra 10mg prix buspar 60 mg viagra split 100 mg online viagra discussion canadian cheap cialis cialis daily 5 mg buy viagra ny 300 mg lexapro overdose forum buying levitra viagra online hk cheapest cialis paypal prijs nexium 40 mg order wellbutrin canada acheter prednisone 20mg 100 mg of synthroid buy viagra paraguay cialis 10 mg warszawa strattera drug generic viagra 100mg prijs strattera generic sun xenical online andorra erythromycin base 500 mg cialis 5mg lilly 14 viagra cpr 50 mg wellbutrin 300 mg forum indiangeneric cialis wellbutrin 300 mg add cheapest genuine cialis xenical online prescription lisinopril ratiopharm 5 mg cipro uti 500mg lisinopril digestive disorders viagra 100mg einnahme periactin cheap online buy strattera 60mg ip generic cialis maximum 40 mg cialis cialis cheap price buy propecia cheapest clomid 50mg buy lasix online drug buy cipla nolvadex nexium 40 mg palpitations online viagra orders strattera canada generic 20 mg levitra last viagra onlinebestellen nexium 40 mg faydalari buy viagra pakistan cialis 2.5 vs 5 mg zovirax 800 mg use 5 mg cialis why levitra 10 mg testberichte generic levitra cheap propecia australia bactrim 80 mg 400 mg order nexium generic online levitra mastercard 21 doxycycline 100mg buy viagra legally generico viagra dejavu cialis 10 mg pareri glucophage 500mg pdf 20mg of nolvadex propranolol 60 mg erythromycin thiocyanate buyer priligy generic dapoxetine fee online viagra cialis legitimate cheaper cialis split 10mg cheap cialis bangalore buy viagra condom viagra 100mg kopen propecia cheap purchase strattera anxiety disorder buy cialis latvia pakistan viagra online 2011 amoxil 12h 400 mg celebrex 200 mg beipackzettel buy clomid tijuana viagra generico wiki prednisone 4mg fake online cialis diflucan 150 mg fluconazole doxycycline yt 100 mg celebrex generic price prednisone dosage 1 mg nexium 40 mg nebenwirkungen genericos viagra buy viagra patpal glucophage 850 mg kullananlar zovirax tab generic viagra online sklep obat diflucan 150 mg lisinopril 20 mg tabletas cialis 40 mg nederland xenical online au doxycycline dosage 20 mg clomid generic tablets strattera 40 mg used viagra 150mg 2011 ebay viagra generico bought propecia online viagra generico 150 mg buying cialis 20mg buy cialis disqus prednisone 10mgs zoloft withdrawal 100 mg clomid 150mg days mastercard generic viagra lexapro 10 mg ocd cheapest diflucan nolvadex buy sydney taking 40 mg levitra levitra 20mg fass 100 mg pfizer viagra order viagra reviews predaj cialis 20mg taking 1000 mg metformin synthroid generic for cialis 20mg canadian about 5mg cialis 40mg cialis reviews nolvadex 50mg flagyl er 500 mg ordering levitra online pregnant 50mg clomid cialis 20mg sk celebrex 100mg pret original kamagra 100mg cialis online aarp generic name zoloft propecia cheap under ordering generic viagra 120 mg generic viagra xenical 84 120 buy germany cialis 5 vs 20 mg generic nexium availability cialis australia buying buy viagra swizerland cheapest professional cialis nexium cheap canada generic gout synthroid viagra 5 mg mexico buy kamagra lasix 250 mg preis propranolol 60mg overnight cialis cheap cialis 20mg nz nolvadex buy cheap levitra 40 mg mastercard cialis 30 mg dosing 500mg drug metformin cialis 20mg 12 preis lexapro 20 mg forums online viagra quality adjustment disorder lexapro buy kamagra budapest 40mg 0f levitra price lexapro generic cialis 5mg 28 australia lexapro online 5mg anxiety disorder zoloft levitra generic cipla cialis 5 mg dosage 100mg viagra paypal generics24 viagra buy cialis sublingual cheap cialis 2.5 mg cialis 40 mg prices viagra online paypall amoxil 0.5mg viagra online doc cialis 20 mg forum online viagra cheapest buying online viagra cipro 10mg efectos 4000 mg valtrex Online Levitra pill lexapro sale online viagra order seized prednisone online europe buy viagra walkin kamagra jell 5mg doxycycline hydrate 100 mg tablet cipro 500mg lisinopril 2.5 mg buy cialis 20mg australien cheap gerne cialis viagra 100 mg price xenical generico funciona 40 mg prozac wellbutrin is lisinopril generic propranolol 4o mg zoloft cost generic cialis 20mg glaxo generic valtrex target cheapest propecia generic cheap viagra prescription order diflucan online generic zovirax canada generic cialis propecia lexapro 20 mg sleepy generic viagra liguid lexapro generic availability glucophage 500 mg spc cheapest viagra alternative buy nexium sachets cialis 5 mg last propranolol de 10 mg buy viagra 100mg generic cytotec abortion order doxycycline cheap cialis company levitra buy india generic strattera rezeptfrei online levitra buy propecia generico 1 mg lasix 20 mg nebenwirkungen red 150mg viagra pfizer 50mg viagra generic cialis webmd augmentin 1 mg prospect cheap cialis tramadol generic lexapro 5 cheap viagra etc ubat celebrex 200 mg generic cialis safe xenical 120 mg farmacii 30 mg of levitra buying viagra illegally online viagra korea dapoxetine order cialis 75 mg 20mg cialis review remedio cialis generico order glucophage online viagra cheap pills cheapest viagra superactive aleve 200 mg cialis cialis 5mg uae buy viagra lincoln cialis prescription generic cialis 20 mg directions zoloft available generic 10mg cialis nexium 40mg astrazeneca am clomid 100mg viagra 100mg herbal doxycycline stemgent levitra generico uk periactin buy glucophage 1000 mg kullanimi cipro 500mg alcohol fast cialis online cialis 100 mg fiyati metformin dura 500 mg cialis generic soft xenical 120mg pret propranolol online order levitra 40 mg cheap drugs viagra 50 mg viagra price cialis 5mg daily generic nexium when doxycycline online london chewable viagra 100mg about diflucan 150 mg metformin 500 mg pills foro levitra 20 mg ordering viagra discreetly doxycycline capsules 50 mg prednisone 20mg insomnia generic cialis facts generic nolvadex reviews viagra kauf online generic for cytotec obat cialis 20mg prednisone tabs 10mg nexium 20 mg mups viagra jellies online viagra goes generic doxycycline 100 mg kat augmentin 500 mg vidal cialis 10 mg conditionnement generic viagra online 25mg viagra daily order nexium europe propecia 5mg finasteride 10 mg tablets lexapro cipla doxycycline 100mg xenical 120 mg nebenwirkung xenical buy ebay kamagra 100mg prodaja prednisone thyroid disorder levitra 20 mg generico buy genuine nolvadex bupropion generic wellbutrin pro metformin 500 mg 500mg metformin er xenical 15 mg lasix 50mg indication nexium generic toronto phenergan 10mg tablets cipro 500mg pregnancy cialis mexico online order uk viagra levitra 10 mg directions clomid 50 mg steroid strattera cap 10mg viagra generic legit cheap valtrex canada review cialis 20mg levitra 400mgs tablets viagra femenino generico save generic viagra levitra 5mg effective viagra 100 mg bula strattera dosage 18 mg celebrex 75mg clomid 50mg muscu hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg reviews viagra anxiety disorder augmentin 1000 mg tl cytotec pills online cheap viagra pacs valtrex generic medication levitra buying online diflucan 10 mg ml tab viagra 100mg viagra 100mg cialis buy viagra boots cialis 20 mg professionnel manufacturers kamagra 100 mg get metformin online viagra 0.1 mg generic indonesia viagra propecia 02mg cialis online london mixing 500mg zithromax vanzari online viagra price kamagra 100 mg lisinopril generic price cheapest cialis 5mg costco cialis 5 mg bad generic cialis augmentin duo400mg take 2 5mg cialis augmentin es 600 mgs wellbutrin sandoz generics new generic lexapro affordable cheap propecia levitra prescriptions online cialis 5 mg 28 comprimidos lexapro 20mg pills generic viagra 200 viagra as generic mua levitra 10mg augmentin 625 mg mims nolvadex uk 10mg diflucan 150 mg prijs buy doxycycline bali viagra 100 mg 4 tablets tratamiento nexium 40 mg levitra 40mg generic 50 vs 100mg clomid levitra 20mg for cheap clomid uk lisinopril usp 5mg cialis strips cheap zoloft 50 mg erfahrungsberichte metformin 850 mg prices celebrex tab 200 mg acyclovir zovirax 800 mg buy lexapro 10 mg buy cialis 5mg glucophage tab 500 mg medicamento generico viagra shop cialis online cialis 5mg prodaja test generic cialis viagra cinese 800 mg buy cheap bactrim cheap levitra brand viagra online europe amoxil online cats prednisone 90 mg nexium 10 mg plicuri strattera 60 mg effects mg viagra 325lb vigal generic viagra cheap cialis professional buy levitra quebec 150mg cheap viagra zovirax online kopen generic levitra de hamilelikte augmentin 1000 mg prezzo cialis 5mg cipro 750 mg viagra srbija online celebrex dosage 800 mg prednisone 5 mg otc
User:  Pass:        Forgot Password? Username?   |   Register
Banner
Welcome to ozaukeepress.com, your on-line source for Ozaukee County news. Each week, we post a sample of the news that appears in the Ozaukee Press print edition, as well as timely updates. To receive all the news in Ozaukee Press, please subscribe by clicking on the subscriptions.

Daily News

Share this page on facebook
Grafton schools broach idea of merging with another district PDF Print E-mail
Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:54

Board agrees to explore consolidation with neighbor to address budget woes

Cost-cutting searches in the face of a looming budget deficit have prompted Grafton school officials to consider consolidating their district with others in the area.

The Grafton School Board on Monday agreed to explore the feasibility of merging or sharing services with Cedarburg, Port Washington-Saukville and other districts.

Although the board took no formal action, members responded favorably to Supt. Mel Lightner’s proposal, which he said could be mutually beneficial.

“I know in other states they have countywide districts,” Lightner told the board.

“In five or six years, when you looking at tough budget times, you have to look at efficiencies, and that’s efficiency.”

In recent weeks, Grafton officials have sharpened their focus on cost cutting in response to a projected deficit of $850,000 in the 2014-15 budget.

Among the cost reductions being considered by the board are staff reductions and pared employee benefits. Lightner said trimming the deficit will probably require eliminating eight to 11 teaching positions.



In the latest in a series of cost-saving options, Lightner suggested what he called “two out-of-the-box things” — a pay-for-play plan that would help the district trim the cost of co-curricular activities by raising participation fees for student athletes and a suggestion to explore consolidating  with one or more school districts.

The consolidation proposal, Lightner said, would provide “an economy of scale that can be reached when school districts have larger enrollments.”

If there was a Grafton-Cedarburg district or a Grafton-Port Washington-Saukville district, cost savings could be realized by cutting administrative staff and service contracts, Lightner said.

“There would only be one superintendent, one business manager, one special education director, etc.,” he said in a report to the board.

Lightner’s suggestion drew an enthusiastic response from board member Mike Holloway.

“I seriously applaud you for putting this out there,” Holloway told Lightner.

“When you have declining enrollment, you can’t support the kind of structure we have. We’re in a very tough situation.

“I think this is something we absolutely have to look at.”

Holloway said he has spoken to Cedarburg school officials who agreed the proposal is worth discussing.

“I would endorse putting together an informal task force to approach other districts about holding talks on this,” Holloway said.

Board members Clayton Riddle and Paul Lorge said consolidating districts, or at least having districts share services, should be discussed.

“It may be the time to look at it, to get the discussion going,” Riddle said.

However, Lightner’s suggestion drew a cool response from Port Washington-Saukville school officials, including Supt. Michael Weber.

“There is absolutely no discussion in the district about a merger,” Weber said.

“I haven’t heard a board member mention the word merger for nine or 10 years.”

Weber said the benefit of consolidating districts would favor the one with the toughest budget constraints.

“The challenging part about mergers is that you inherit the debt and the buildings of the district you are merging with,” he said.

“The Port Washington-Saukville School District is in pretty strong financial shape, so to assume the debt of another district doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

Weber said mergers between small school districts, primarily in northern Wisconsin, have been successful because they produce a broader tax base and provide more educational opportunities for students.

If Port-Saukville officials were interested in discussing possible consolidation, the Northern Ozaukee School District would be a more suitable option, according to Weber. Decades ago, the districts  were the same, he noted.

“If we were even remotely entertaining the idea of a merger, we’d most likely look to recombine those two districts,” he said.

The pay-for-play proposal also caught board’s attention.

Director of Business Services Kristin Kollath said the district spends about $500,000 annually on co-curricular activities, including coaches’ salaries and benefits, event works, transportation, equipment and other costs. Revenue generated from student fees, ticket sales and other sources is only $28,000, she said.

Lightner said pay-to-play would require students who participate in an extracurricular activity to pay fees based on individual shares of the program cost.

For example, he said, if 36 girls participated in basketball, which cost $19,910 to run in 2013-14, the cost would be $553 per player. At 50% of the cost, each player would have to pay $276.50.

“I’m not in favor of this, but in tough times, you have to put all options on the table,” Lightner said.

Grafton High School students currently pay an athletic fee of $50 per sport, with limits of $100 per student and $250 per family. The fee was adjusted for the 2013-14 school year from the previous $30 per sport with no limits.

Holloway said pay-for-play merits consideration, especially when the district is confronted by budget challenges that could require laying off teachers.

In proposing other cost-cutting steps, Lightner and Kollath focused on employees’ health and dental insurance. They proposed three changes:

• Reducing annual cash payments in lieu of health insurance from $7,500 to $5,000. With the district currently spending $370,000 annually on the benefit, a 33% reduction would save $122,100.

• Increasing the employee share for a PPO insurance plan from $12.6% to $15%. Based on 2014 rates, employees would have annual increases of $211 for single coverage and $479 for family coverage.

Combined with reducing the district’s contribution for a high-deductible coverage, the plan would result in a $99,000 saving.

• Requiring employees to pay 25% of their premiums for dental insurance, which the district currently provides at no cost. The savings would be $67,000.

“In this scenario, there are a lot of people sharing the burden (of the insurance costs),” Lightner said.

Most board members said they favor reducing cash payments and requiring employee contributions for dental insurance but are reluctant to increase the employee share for health coverage.

Board member Carrie Walls said the district raised employees’ share of insurance premiums last year and established a wellness program to help them manage costs, “but now we’re asking them to contribute more.”

But Lorge said the wellness program is designed to reduce insurance claims, not premiums.

“We need to look at providing reasonable benefits at reasonable costs, and we’ve got to look at it on a long-term basis,” Lorge said.

Lightner said he, Kollath and other members of an administrative budget committee will use the board’s input as a guideline in preparing cost-cutting recommendations.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, April 28, when it is expected to take action on staff reductions.

Ozaukee Press reporter Bill Schanen IV contributed to this story.


Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:00
 

Who's Online

We have 1279 guests and 2 members online
Port Washington, WI, US

Now
Partly Cloudy
73°F, Windchill: 73°F
Wind: 7 mph S
Humidity: 47%
Visibility: 0 mi
pressure: 29.95 in steady
Sunrise: 5:14 am
Sunset: 8:36 pm
Fri
Mostly Clear
Hi: 69°F, Low: 59°F
Sat
Partly Cloudy
Hi: 76°F, Low: 60°F
Sun
Sunny
Hi: 76°F, Low: 63°F
Mon
Mostly Cloudy
Hi: 77°F, Low: 59°F
Tue
Partly Cloudy
Hi: 68°F, Low: 54°F
advertisement
Banner
Banner