Gahanna-Jefferson school administrators are looking to pare expenses and have made budget cuts and reductions totaling $1.051-million for the coming school year.

Gahanna-Jefferson school administrators are looking to pare expenses and have made budget cuts and reductions totaling $1.051-million for the coming school year.

Superintendent Gregg Morris presented the cuts to the board recently.

Morris said assistant superintendent Mark White had worked with principals and staff in making the cuts and emphasized that classroom and academic programs were protected.

"The district will keep a constant watch on the budget," he said.

It will be prudent and will implement cost-savings wherever possible, he said.

Board president Charlie Wise said the district was being prudent in its cuts.

"We appreciate and thank all staff for the cost-savings that will help to stretch taxpayer dollars without impacting students in the classroom," he said.

Morris also welcomed the building principals and staff for the coming year. He said 28 new teachers have been hired for 2009-10.

Aaron Winner, assistant principal at Middle School South, is the only new administrator, he said.

The board also held an executive session.

In other matters, the board:

Approved a tuition increase to $6,578 for students who don't live within the school district.

Accepted the resignation of Anthony Brown, special-education instructor at Gahanna Lincoln High School.

Accepted resignations from Middle School South: Charles "Ed" Bourne, assistant football coach; Margie Belair, assistant track coach; and Kym Lewis, renaissance adviser.

Approved additional contracts for the following high school positions: Bob Cramer and Larry Schwade, assistant boys track, $5,404.42 each; Justin Hammond, Lisa Whittaker and Dwayne Marshall, assistant girls track, $5,404.42 each; Ed Rarey, head boys track, $7,720.60; Roger Whittaker, head girls track, $7,720.60; Gregg Meadows, boys assistant baseball, $4,999.09; Mike Shade, head baseball coach, $7,141.56; Chris Schwinnen, head tennis, $4,246.33; and Dustin Dashner, assistant track, $2,827.32.

Approved additional contracts for the following Middle School East positions: Chuck Banks, head boys track, $3,860.30; Cari Barnes, seventh-grade head softball, $3,667.29; Amy Gilmore, eighth-grade head softball, $4,053.30 and seventh-grade head volleyball, $3,860.30; Josh Goody, eighth-grade head football, $3,281.26; Heath Goolsby, seventh-grade girls head basketball, $3,667.29; David Merrick, head wrestling, $3,667.29; Ali Moore, eighth-grade boys head basketball, $3,281.26; David Palguta, girls head track, $4,246.33; Reba Powers, head basketball, $4,246.33 and eighth-grade head volleyball, $4,246.33; Mark Robinson, seventh-grade head volleyball, $3,088.24; Pete Williamson, eighth-grade assistant football, $2,161.77; Brian Antrim, head cross country, $3,088.24; Eric Vaas, assistant cross country, $1,891.55; and Willie Zamora, assistant wrestling, $2,972.43.

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By the numbers

The budget cuts and reductions at Gahanna-Jefferson schools, as announced last week by Superintendent Gregg Morris, are as follows:

$31,900 from field trips.

$30,000 from the purchases of new technology: Those include $14,000 at the elementary level, $12,000 at the middle school level and $4,000 at the high school.

$35,830 from educational supplies: $8,750 at the elementary level, $7,500 at the middle school level, $8,000 at the high school and $11,580 in the central office.

$45,840 (about 25 percent) from the money set aside to pay substitute teachers who cover for teachers when they do professional development during the school year: $23,800 at the elementary level, $10,640 at the middle school level and $11,400 at the high school.

$579,086 -- the biggest reduction -- comes from the retirement of more experienced and higher-paid teachers. The cost savings are realized when comparing the salaries of retired or resigned teachers with the salaries of their replacements.

$17,195 from the high school by not replacing one of its permanent substitute teachers.

$45,000 by cutting the curriculum department's professional-development fund by 40-percent.

$5,000 from the curriculum department's tutoring fund.

$1,250 from the curriculum department's food purchases.

$30,000 saved by the treasurer refinancing district debt.

$10,000 a month in savings by the business/maintenance department as it changed a copier contract.

$50,000 by not replacing a maintenance worker.

The technology department underwent a restructuring earlier in the year, saving $60,000.