The Northridge Local School District Board of Education approved a resolution June 20 directing the superintendent and treasurer to examine ways of reducing administrative staff by one position in the district.

The Northridge Local School District Board of Education approved a resolution June 20 directing the superintendent and treasurer to examine ways of reducing administrative staff by one position in the district.

"I'd like to look at ways to save additional money for our school district, and one of those is reducing administration," said board member Jayma Bammerlin.

The board approved the measure 4-0. Board member Troy Willeke absent.

Bammerlin said she did not want to limit the charge to any particular aspect of administration, but wanted to leave the administration leeway to decide how to achieve the goal. She said it might be possible to outsource some functions or to bring on alternative staff at less cost.

"I think creativity would be wonderful, and if we need to bring on a position to support it, I think that would be justifiable, so long as it is a net decrease in cost to the school district," Bammerlin said
The board also examined the district's insurance plan, with treasurer Jim Hudson giving a report about proposals to offer three different payment options for the district's health plan.

"It's the exact same coverage (under all three options)," Hudson said. "It's just the deductible that changes."

For employees who maintain the current traditional plan, Hudson said, premiums are expected to increase by 12 percent. Employees who opt to increase their deductibles to $200 to $600 would cause the district to see premium increases of about 5 percent, and employees who choose a high deductible health savings account would cause the district to see a premium decrease of nearly 20 percent.
"We're giving them the option which health insurance plan they would want to choose," Hudson said.

Employee meetings will be held July 13 and July 20 to explain the options to employees, Hudson said.

In other business, athletics director Wayne Howard reviewed pay-to-participate athletics fees.

"It's still nothing more than a feasibility study, because I don't know how many students will have parents who will write a check for $500 for high school and $300 for middle school," Howard said.
For families unable to pay the fee, Howard said one option under consideration is to have parents do volunteer time at a recycling facility in lieu of the fee. The program would be supported by a $10,000 contribution from the district athletic boosters.

"We have a lot of students who are interested," Howard said. "The intent is that we will provide students with the opportunity to earn the money for pay to participate, so we are not hitting families as hard."
Howard also raised the possibility that parents could be responsible for transporting students to some games and events.

Howard said he would hold meetings for each sport to discuss pay-to-play options.

"I can't judge how many kids are going to participate in the program," Howard said.

Hudson said the district had a balance of $51,000 in its athletic accounts, which provided a cushion in case any cost estimates proved to be off.