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March madness - budget edition
March 18, 2011
Welcome to March Madness, and I don’t mean basketball (even though I hope your bracket is faring well.) With all of the school budget talk in the news and at our own meetings lately, it’s important to give a quick rundown of some of the factors at play. There is no shortage of them.
BC Budget Process
• The Board of Education has begun the work of closing BC’s estimated $4 million budget gap, making about $850,000 in tentative reductions in the areas of Transportation, Special Education, and Operations and Maintenance at recent workshops.
• The Board will consider proposed reductions for the K-12 instructional program and reductions totaling about $2.3 million at its next workshop, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the BCMS auditorium.
• Even if the Board approves every single reduction on March 30, we’ll still be about $1 million shy of closing the gap. This will have to come from either additional cuts or new revenue.
State Budget Talks
• Each chamber of the state Legislature has restored some of the Governor’s cuts to education. Two points are important on this issue: Nothing is a given until the state budget is approved, and this would only add back a portion of the $2.8 million state aid loss proposed for BC. So either way, the final budget we propose to voters in May is going to have to include significant reductions.
Using Fund Balance?
• Several people have asked if we are tapping our reserves to soften the impact of the school funding crisis. The answer is yes. We plan to use about $2.5 million of our fund balance at this point. We will continue to manage this very carefully; I have not heard anyone suggest that this will be the last difficult budget cycle for schools.
• The second and final facilities forum will be Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the BCMS auditorium, and also offered as a webcast. The Board is expected to make a decision on March 30.
FMI (For more information)
• The facilities report, frequently asked facilities questions, information about the webcast, budget news, presentations and more are all available on this website from the budget page.
A Final Word
• I know these are difficult decisions and difficult times for many of us, and not just at BC. I don’t want that to go unrecognized. My goal remains to strike the best balance we can, for our kids and our community, given all of the factors on the table.
And, my Final Four
• Unlike the President, ESPN did not ask me about my NCAA picks. But, in case you’re wondering, here’s my Final Four: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Duke and Pitt. Good luck with yours!
Dr. Michael Tebbano