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BOCES to present end-of-year reserve at meeting tonight

Board members also set to consider 2010-11 budget

If you go

What: BOCES board meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street

Agenda highlights

6:20 p.m. Public comment

6:30 p.m. Discussion items, including Yampa Valley School administrative change for 2010-11, updated financial policies, Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61

7:30 p.m. Action items, including 2010-11 budget and 2010-11 staff contracts

8 p.m. Executive session to discuss Executive Director Jane Toothaker’s performance and contracts

9:30 p.m. Adjourn

Agenda highlights

6:20 p.m. Public comment

6:30 p.m. Discussion items, including Yampa Valley School administrative change for 2010-11, updated financial policies, Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61

7:30 p.m. Action items, including 2010-11 budget and 2010-11 staff contracts



8 p.m. Executive session to discuss Executive Director Jane Toothaker’s performance and contracts

9:30 p.m. Adjourn



— BOCES Executive Director Jane Toothaker will present board members tonight with a 2009-10 projected end-of-year reserve of more than $75,000.

The reserve is the result of cost-saving measures implemented after the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services revealed in the fall that it had overspent its 2008-09 budget by more than $317,000.

Toothaker said BOCES had to look creatively and critically at where the organization that serves about 550 special education students in six Northwest Colorado school districts, in­­cluding Steamboat Springs, Hay­den and South Routt, could cut without affecting student services.

“We feel like we’ve taken a big step forward,” Toothaker said. “I think we have such a better handle on our revenue sources and expenditures.”

The cost-saving measures included removing budget contingencies, reducing the special education materials budget and reducing unemployment insurance premiums.

The BOCES board also will consider the $3.1 million 2010-11 budget, which continues the cost-saving measures implemented this year. It’s been reduced from this year’s $4 million budget.

In addition to this year’s measures, Toothaker said BOCES looked into switching health care providers but didn’t change, which saved about 5 percent. She said the tax-sheltered annuity benefit for employees was eliminated. Toothaker said that, for the second consecutive year, faculty members wouldn’t get salary step increases, but increases would be honored for educational advancement. She also said BOCES lowered its general fund assessments for districts.

Finance Director Chloe Flam said BOCES also worked with its vendors to get discounts. Some of those are reduced legal fees, liability insurance, unemployment insurance and other services, such as telephone.

Flam said the 2010-11 budget includes the elimination or reduction of 12 full-time positions, about 20 staff members. She said that includes Yampa Valley School staff members, who will be paid next year by the Steamboat Springs School District, which took over the program.

The cuts also include central office administration and staff, who shifted to a four-day week, with the exception of Special Education Director Robin Tsch­ider, who will continue working five days a week.

The staff cuts represent a 26 percent reduction in BOCES’ total salaries from this year, Flam said. Board members tonight will consider the 2010-11 contracts for licensed and nonlicensed staff.

BOCES board members also are scheduled to discuss new financial policies. Toothaker said after BOCES’ financial issues in the fall, it made sense to review all polices. She said the policies hadn’t been reviewed for five or six years.

The BOCES board also is scheduled to enter executive session to discuss Toothaker’s performance and contract.

The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. and adjourn at 9:30 p.m.


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