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Clyde-Green Springs picks up tempo

Alissa Widman Neese • Oct 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Administrators at Clyde-Green Springs Schools reinstated the district’s elementary music programs this past month, ultimately deciding the small amount of money saved wasn’t worth sacrificing a valuable student experience.

Board members approved $1 million in districtwide reductions this past year, but elementary music programs only accounted for $1,400 of that amount, first-year superintendent David Stubblebine said.

“We felt that those are some of the best memories that parents and children have of their younger years and felt it was important to reinstate them, given the minimal cost,” Stubblebine said.

When board members first agreed to eliminate the programs, the district’s financial outlook was much gloomier.

Clyde-Green Springs Schools is now set to receive an additional $600,000 in state funding in the 2013-14 school year and $1 million in the 2014-15 school year, according to state budget estimates.

The district is projecting a deficit of about $100,000 in the 2013-14 school year and a surplus of about $350,000 in the 2014-15 school year, according to its most recent five-year financial forecast. Its annual budget is about $20 million.

Board members called off plans to pursue a November tax levy in July after reviewing the improved forecast. Several other factors — including hiring a new superintendent, continued employee pay freezes and five straight failed levy attempts — impacted their decision, they said.

Initially, restoring elementary music programs was planned only if voters approved the new levy.

A future tax levy could restore other programs and services eliminated this past year, including field trips and high school busing, treasurer Joyce Dupont has said.

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