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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:00 pm

By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE ­- School administrators presented Copperas Cove Independent School District board members with several alternatives to the more than 50 proposed job cuts in the draft 2012-13 budget.

At the board's behest, Superintendent Rose Cameron outlined some of the options, which consists of reducing campus budgets by 10 percent; canceling the district's contract with Communities in Schools, a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk students; eliminating the Crossroads campus; and reducing contract days for staffers.

"I'm not saying I'm for any of those options," said Cameron during a budget workshop Monday. The superintendent also provided other cost-saving possibilities, such as reducing employee benefit contributions by $50 a month and charging participation fees for band and athletics.

Joan Manning, the board's president, said that "nothing was sacred" when it came to what was on the table for possible cuts, but questioned some of the alternative suggestions.

"Many of them are not viable options; I can't imagine closing Crossroads," said Manning.

In November, Cameron presented the board with a draft of the 2012-13 budget, which included the elimination of 57 jobs. The draft also included reductions in travel and field trips, a one-week district shutdown and cutting all campus budgets by 5 percent.

None of the proposed cuts or suggested alternative options have been voted on or finalized by the board, which will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. today.

The board's agenda lists possible action on the district's 2011 fiscal year audit and discussion on joining the litigation efforts against the state over education funding cuts.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568.

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