HSE board approves $2.8 million in budget cuts

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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – A plan that will mean higher fees for families in Hamilton Southeastern schools got the final OK at the district’s school board meeting Monday morning.

The board approved 17 proposals dealing with sports, health care and staffing. The goal of the cuts is to save the district over $2.8 million each year.

The biggest impact to HSE comes from the district’s health care plan. The board approved a plan to double all health plan co-pays at a savings to the district of $1.5 million each year.

Other board decisions include not filling three open teacher position — saving $260,000 per year — and reducing supply budgets by half, saving $350,000 per year.

Fees to play sports will also increase, but those exact numbers weren’t known after Monday’s meeting. The fees for sports weren’t decided. The school’s website shows that right now some athletes pay $40 per sport each season to play. That funds transportation, trainers and other costs of the athletic program.

The board also didn’t set the fees for Camp Tecumseh.

Additional cuts were proposed for the 2015-2016 school year, bringing HSE’s total budget cuts to $5 million. A Fishers Town Council member attended the HSE meeting and suggested the school system give up some of its land to the town of Fishers in exchange for $3 million. There was no vote on the idea.

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