Schuch Proposes $900,000 in Cuts: 10.5 Positions at Risk


After the rejection of the proposed budget on May 3rd, Superintendent Doug Schuch and Business Manager Kim Neubig proposed a revision with $745,527 in staffing cuts from the original $38.5 million proposal. 

The revised proposal for the 2022-2023 academic year will include more than $900,000 in budget cuts, including the loss of ten and a half full time positions, according to the proposal released at the Board of Education meeting on May 11th. 

The proposal will cut five full time positions at Coginchaug: three and a half full time teaching positions in the English, Math, Technology, and World Language departments, one full time security person, and a half time library-media specialist.  Four were proposed to be cut at Strong: three full time teaching (one English, one Math, and one Science), a half time math tutor and half time literacy tutor, as well as a half time library-media specialist. One full time elementary science specialist was also proposed to be reduced. 

The Board of Education has to revise the budget due to the rejection of the proposed budget by the voters of Durham and Middlefield. A district meeting on May 23rd will be available for voters to comment, and voters will be able to decide the budget on May 24th. 

The Board of Education meeting was able to be rewatched through the district’s YouTube channel.

(This story was edited to include the YouTube link and remove a reference to non-functional audio)