District faces difficult budget season

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 09:42 AM.

He added that he was not making the declaration now, the board and union representing employees would be notified in advance, but that the swiftest way to address the budget shortfall – and school districts must balance their budgets – would be cuts in jobs.

“We know we can make it work.” Norton said. “But we cut $1.25 to $1.5 million this year and there was room. We have cut to the bone. We are going to have to get to the proverbial marrow.”

The one mill additional operating levy, approved by voters for four more years in March, has dropped in value over the course of the first four years since initial passage from $2.2 million to $1.3 million.

The district went to voters for four more years, promising not to levy additionally beyond current levels on Local Capital Improvement, or bricks and mortar.

However, the district, high-performing and an honor roll district under state formulas, with two out of four schools graded “A”, is also facing a 10-year trend of declining enrollment combined with a designation as “property rich” which forces more of the burden for funding schools onto local taxpayers.

“We have performed at a high level while cutting and cutting,” Norton said.

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