Better-than-expected health savings from 2010 contracts expected to lessen cuts in proposed MPS budget
June 7, 2012
Board set to vote on budget Thursday night
Better-than-expected health care savings from contracts agreed to in 2010 are expected to translate into fewer position cuts in the proposed 2012-13 Milwaukee Public Schools budget.
Approximately $10 million in savings identified from the 2011-12 school year are expected to result in budget adjustments that include the opportunity to restore as many as 75 teaching position cuts in schools across the district in 2012-13. If schools choose to restore educational assistants instead, the total number of restored positions would be higher.
Expected savings for the upcoming 2012-13 year could result in even fewer cuts because schools would spend less on employee benefits and could direct the savings toward the areas where they see need.
The Milwaukee Board of School Directors is expected to vote on the proposed budget Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208. Public comment and testimony were taken at three prior meetings and will not be taken at Thursday night’s meeting.
Terms of employee contracts that generated the savings were laid out in October 2010 and approved by the Board in December 2010. Savings are due to strong financial stewardship, a change to a health plan administrator with better provider pricing, the negotiation of better prices for prescription drugs and other factors.
Detailed information about the proposed budget is available here.
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