Keokuk Schools en Keokuk School Board Reviews Cuts <p>The Keokuk School Board is weighing future goals versus current needs as it considers cutting next year&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>The panel met for nearly two hours, Monday night, to review the administration&rsquo;s plan for closing a $1.3-million shortfall.</p><p>It calls for the use of @$580,000 in cash reserves and $700,000 in cuts.</p><p>The cash reserves are being looked at as a one-time revenue source, so the same amount would likely be needed through cuts next year.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 13:44:33 +0000 Jason Parrott 11344 at Keokuk School Board Reviews Cuts Keokuk School Budget Cuts <p>The Keokuk School Board must make some serious cuts to next year&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>Superintendent Lora Wolff says the district will actually lose roughly $550,000 in state aid because of its declining enrollment.</p><p>She says dwindling revenues and increasing expenditures mean balancing the spending plan for the 2012/2013 school year will require a reduction of $1.3-million.</p><p>The district plans to use cash reserves and unspent balances to cover nearly $600,000.</p><p>The rest of the shortfall ($700,000) will have to come from budget modifications.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 23:06:00 +0000 Jason Parrott 11143 at Keokuk School Budget Cuts Keokuk School District Proposing Wage Freeze <p>The Keokuk School District is proposing some major language changes in a new contract with its teachers.</p><p>The initial offer from the district to the Keokuk Education Association calls for a freeze in the base pay for new teachers.</p><p>It also seeks no movement on the salary schedule for experience or education.</p><p>The district also wants KEA members to start using direct deposit.</p><p>The most significant changes, though, come in the area of insurance.</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:17:26 +0000 Jason Parrott 9336 at Keokuk School District Proposing Wage Freeze