The Bloomfield School Corporation expected to receive nearly $40,000 more this year than they will actually receive. That means officials are having to cut back on staff and programs.
The Department of Education, or DOE, bases its funding on the number of students schools have in programs like special education, academic honors, and vocational education. But the DOE can’t always accurately estimate what those numbers will be. For example, Bloomfield schools superintendent Dan Sichting says his corporation’s special education program has fewer students this year than in previous years.
“For the precious two years, previously, our special education numbers went up but this year they’re gonna go down,” Sichting says. “So obviously they’re looking at trend data and they’re trending that number up but in reality it’s going to go down from the amount that we got last year.”
Sichting says DOE per-student tuition funding has also dropped, cutting into Bloomfield schools’ budgets even more.
Monroe County Community School Corporation comptroller Tim Thrasher says the cuts have forced his district and Bloomfield’s to cut both certified and non-certified personnel and the number of electives the schools offer.
“We’re trying to be very conservative as we’ve added back programs and tried to build our operating balance, cash balance. So if the state revenues don’t get better soon we won’t be in a position to make cuts right away.”
This year the DOE is giving Bloomfield schools about $5,917,000 instead of the $6,017,000 they anticipated.