LAKE PLACID - The bleak budget outlook may mean more job losses in the Lake Placid Central School District.
"You have got to look at some human resources," LPCS Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards said. "I don't see how we can do this without making those decisions."
Dr. Richards said last year, the school district cut 13 positions out of the 2010-11 budget, with some leaving by way of attrition and retirements.
"We really can't afford to cut that many more positions," Richards said. "There were a few positions that were left on the table after last years negotiations, so we will just have to continue with last year's work."
The Lake Placid district is looking at a loss of $220,524 in state aid for the 2011-12 budget year, a decrease of 9.17-percent from 2010-11 levels. The district is also losing $418,220 in revenue that came through the federal stimulus funding act.
Couple that with increases to health insurance ($299,000), employee retirement system ($32,000) and the teachers retirement system ($74,000) and preliminary figures show that the district is looking at a 4.49-percent increase in expenses (totaling $16,719,888) and a 6.79-percent increase in the tax levy ($14,205,758).
"We are really still defining the direction we want to go in," Richards said about the budget process. "We will look to bring a recommendation to the board at our next meeting on March 1 and we will look to bring as good of a number as we can to the board and taxpayers."
Richards said that 75.2-percent of the school budget deals with human resources, but fears that too many more cuts would start to compromise academic integrity.
"We are starting to get into programs pretty deep now," he said.
Richards said that while this year will be difficult, there is no sign that the future outlook will be any brighter.
"Every year from here on in is a big year," he said. "We expect the next couple of years to be nasty, as well. That's the problem, and the most upsetting is the themes and finger-pointing that are coming out of Albany."