Dublin school administrators will forgo raises during the next school year to help the district through an expected shortfall in funding.

Dublin school administrators will forgo raises during the next school year to help the district through an expected shortfall in funding.

In a voluntary, unanimous decision, administrators will not accept the 1.25-percent raise scheduled for the 2011-12 school year.

If it is on schedule, administrators will receive a normal step increase negotiated with contracts, though.

"But not every administrator," treasurer Stephen Osborne said, adding that many administration employees have been with the district so long that they no longer qualify for step increases.

Doug Baker, coordinator of public information, said the decision came about to "preserve our classrooms." The move is expected to save the district $91,505 next year, Baker said, and could save two teaching jobs.

The district is expecting a $13.7- million reduction in state funding over the next two years. The proposed two-year state budget would cut funding to Dublin City Schools in the form of tangible-personal-property-tax reimbursements and foundation funds.

"State funding was part of the equation; there's no question," Baker said.

"We have cut more than $11.5 million from our budget since 2007, and we will continue to look for cost savings," Superintendent David Axner said. "This effort by our administrative team helps to preserve our classrooms."

Axner has said the state cuts, which were proposed because of an estimated $8 billion shortfall at the state level, could mean larger class sizes and fewer programs.

"We were bracing for what was coming. We knew it was a $6-, $7-, $8 billion funding gap," Axner said during a May 11 meeting. "When we looked at about 400 districts, they're getting more money. Maybe our hit has to be a little bigger, but why are some districts getting more?"

According to Osborne, Dublin City Schools could lose $6.1 million next year and $7.6 million in 2013 if the proposed budget sees no additional changes. The budget is in Senate committee and must be approved by the end of June. The new fiscal year begins in July.

Levy discussions have been going on in the district, but Axner has said the district would hold to a promise that was made when the most recent levy was passed in 2008 that the district would not collect on a new levy until 2013.